Audi will build Q6 e-tron SUV in Belgium, paper says

Audi unveiled the e-tron quattro concept at the Frankfurt auto show last month.

BRUSSELS (Reuters) — Audi will start production of the Q6 e-tron electric SUV at its Brussels plant starting in 2018, Belgian daily De Morgen reported today.

The model will be based on Audi’s e-tron quattro concept, which the automaker unveiled at the Frankfurt auto show last month. The model will compete against the newly launched Tesla Model X SUV.

Audi hopes the production model’s long range of more than 500km (310 miles) will win over customers previously put off by the relatively short distances EVs can travel before they need to be recharged.

The factory on the outskirts of Belgium’s capital city currently manufactures the Audi A1, the brand’s smallest model, according to Automotive News Europe’s European plant map. The plant employs about 2,500 workers. In 2014 it produced about 115,000 vehicles.

Audi declined to comment on the report

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