At Audi’s 2015 Annual Press Conference in March, Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Member of the Board of Management for Technical Development at the company, announced a new all-electric crossover for early-2018 arrival.
It’s going to be previewed by the C-BEV concept at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show in September and a rendering (featured image) by digital artist Shoeb Kalania previews how its production version could possibly look like.
Dr. Hackenberg announced that the battery-powered crossover will have a driving range of more than 500 km. A report released last month said that the range could be up to 600 km and the battery pack will have a capacity of up to 90 kWh. Moreover, as per this report, the drivetrain should consist two electric motors, one for each axle. According to this report, the two motors will generate power in excess of 500 hp and 700 Nm.
A report released in June said that plug-in hybrid and fuel cell variants will also be offered. However, both these variants can be expected to arrive only a year or more after the standard pure electric variant is launched.
The “Sports Activity Vehicle” will be based on the German automaker’s modular longitudinal platform (MLB 2) and be a large premium segment contender. Considering that fact and the company’s nomenclature system for crossovers/SUVs and electrified vehicles, the production version can be expected to be named ‘Q6 e-tron’. “It will have a new, very attractive design, which we are developing especially for the e-tron range and for battery-electric vehicles”, Dr. Hackenberg said.