Audi picks factory for electric Q6 production in 2018

Audi picks factory for electric Q6 production in 2018

Audi has confirmed plans to build its first all-electric crossover in 2018.

Reports suggest the model will be known as the Q6 e-tron when it arrives on the market. The Tesla Model X fighter was presented in near-production form last year in Frankfurt, where it was referred to as the e-tron quattro concept.

The e-tron quattro is powered by three electric motors, one for the front wheels and two for the rear axles. Combined output is expected to exceed 425 horsepower, with short-lived ‘boost’ bumping up to nearly 500 ponies. With around 600 lb-ft of torque sent to all four wheels, the crossover is claimed to reach 62 mph in just 4.6 seconds before topping out at 130 mph.

A 95-kWh battery pack will be placed under the floor, maximizing interior space and keeping a low center of gravity. The company expects driving range to reach 310 miles, hinting at a potential range advantage over the Model X. US EPA numbers will likely be closer to Tesla’s 257 mile benchmark, however, as the e-tron has less than six percent more battery capacity than Tesla’s Model X 90D.

Audi will build the high-riding e-tron in Brussels, forcing transfer of A1 assembly to Spain. The domino effect will displace Q3 production from Spain to Hungary in the future.

Volkswagen Group also plans to build batteries in Brussels, making Belgium a key country for the company’s global rollout of additional EVs and hybrids.

The automaker has stepped up its electrification promises in the wake of the TDI emissions scandal. The company’s turnaround strategy centers on shifting focus from the tarnished ‘clean diesel’ branding to battery-powered vehicles.