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Audi: 2018 “Q6” e-Tron Will Be Nearly The Same As Frankfurt Concept Car

Audi is still going ahead with its plans to bring a ~300 mile electric SUV — by the name of the “Q6” e-tron Quattro — to market in 2018, according to recent reports.

Notably, the production plans for the new model are pretty similar to those of the concept car revealed back in September.

Audi A4 2.0 T quattro , Audi e-tron quattro concept, Audi A4 2.0 TDI at the International Auto Show 2015 in Frankfurt.

Audi e-tron quattro concept flanked by Audi A4 T quattro (red) and Audi A4 2.0 TDI (blue).

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Member of the Board of Management of AUDI AG, for Technical Development, beside the concept car Audi e-tron quattro concept at the International Auto Show 2015 in Frankfurt.

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Member of the Board of Management of AUDI AG, for Technical Development, beside the concept car Audi e-tron quattro concept at the International Auto Show 2015 in Frankfurt.

Prof. Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG, beside the concept car Audi e-tron quattro cocnept at the International Auto Show 2015 in Frankfurt.

Prof. Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG, beside the concept car Audi e-tron quattro cocnept at the International Auto Show 2015 in Frankfurt.

Prof. Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG, beside the concept car Audi e-tron quattro concept at the International Auto Show 2015 in Frankfurt/Main.

Prof. Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG, beside the concept car Audi e-tron quattro concept at the International Auto Show 2015 in Frankfurt/Main.

Axel Strotbek, Member of the Board of Management of AUDI AG Finance and Organization; Prof. Dr.-Ing. Hubert Waltl, Member of the Board of Management of AUDI AG Production; Luca de Meo, Member of the Board of Management of AUDI AG Sales and Marketing; Prof. Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG; Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Member of the Board of Management of AUDI AG for Technical Development; Prof. h.c. Thomas Sigi Member of the Board of Management of AUDI AG Human Resources, beside the concept car Audi e-tron quattro concept at the International Auto Show 2015 in Frankfurt.

Axel Strotbek, Member of the Board of Management of AUDI AG Finance and Organization; Prof. Dr.-Ing. Hubert Waltl, Member of the Board of Management of AUDI AG Production; Luca de Meo, Member of the Board of Management of AUDI AG Sales and Marketing; Prof. Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG; Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Member of the Board of Management of AUDI AG for Technical Development; Prof. h.c. Thomas Sigi Member of the Board of Management of AUDI AG Human Resources, beside the concept car Audi e-tron quattro concept at the International Auto Show 2015 in Frankfurt.

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Member of the Board of Management of AUDI AG, for Technical Development, beside the concept car Audi e-tron quattro concept at the International Auto Show 2015 in Frankfurt.

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Member of the Board of Management of AUDI AG, for Technical Development, beside the concept car Audi e-tron quattro concept at the International Auto Show 2015 in Frankfurt.

The Audi e-tron quattro concept at the International Auto Show 2015 in Frankfurt. Audi e-tron quattro concept at the International Auto Show 2015 in Frankfurt. Audi e-tron quattro concept at the International Auto Show 2015 in Frankfurt/Main. Audi booth at the Frankfurt International Motor Show 2015


 

The news is coming to us reportedly from the head of vehicle development at Audi, Dr Rudiger Chmieleswki, so presumably there’s some truth to it.

Here’s more from Autoexpress:

Audi has confirmed its e-tron electric SUV concept will debut as a production ready car in early 2018, with a fully-electric powertrain and 310-mile range. It’ll look almost identical to the car previewed at the Frankfurt Motor Show, and is likely to slot in between the all-new Q5 and recently-updated Q7.

Sitting beside the e-tron at Audi’s Future Performance Day workshop this week, Dr Rudiger Chmielewski, head of total vehicle development told Auto Express that they’d undergone several design clinics in Germany and the USA, and were close to finalizing the SUV’s shape.

“We have found the right height,” Dr Chmielewski noted. “You will find this in the exterior. You’ll also find the headlight pattern in all our electric cars.”

Probably the most interesting comment, though, was the comment on charging networks: “By the time we launch the e-tron, we will have a fast charge network in Germany. An 80% charge will take 30 minutes. The success of a model like this will depend on the infrastructure.”

Presuming the comment on a fast-charging network in Germany is true, that’s great, but you can count me as skeptical. Progress on fast-charging infrastructure in Germany has been incredibly slow to date — to the degree that one even has to consider the possibility of “conspiracy theories” on the matter.

 
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James Ayre's background is predominantly in geopolitics and history, but he has an obsessive interest in pretty much everything. After an early life spent in the Imperial Free City of Dortmund, James followed the river Ruhr to Cofbuokheim, where he attended the University of Astnide. And where he also briefly considered entering the coal mining business. He currently writes for a living, on a broad variety of subjects, ranging from science, to politics, to military history, to renewable energy. You can follow his work on Google+.

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