Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Member of the Board of Management at Audi AG for Technical Development, announced a new battery-powered “Sports Activity Vehicle” at Audi’s Annual Press Conference 2015 in March. A concept version of this crossover, what Audi prefers to term ‘Sports Activity Vehicle’, will be unveiled at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt in September this year, claims a new report from Automotive News Europe.
Dr. Hackenberg did say that the EV will feature a new, very attractive design, which is being developing especially for the e-tron range and for battery-electric vehicles. The EV will be based on the Volkswagen Group’s second generation modular longitudinal platform (MLB 2) that also underpins the second generation Q7. Moreover, the production EV could be joined by plug-in hybrid and hydrogen-powered versions.
The electric version, as officially announed and also reaffirmed several times before, will be launched in early 2018. It will have a range of more than 500 km (310 miles). The company has not revealed its name, but it’s very likely to be ‘Q6 e-tron’, as it will, Dr. Hackenberg said, sit in the large premium segment. This means that it won’t be smaller than the Q5. The Q8 has already been announced to be positioned above the Q7. This leaves room for only one name – ‘Q6’. The familiar ‘e-tron’ suffix should be added to it as it will be an EV.
[Source: Automotive News Europe]