Audi has presented two of its own novelties at the same time, and in both cases it is a crossover. But the stories are completely different…
Let’s start with the update of the Audi Q8, as this large crossover is now officially presented. The Audi Q8 has changed significantly from the outside, in fact, it has a new face: a new bumper and grille, new HD MATRIX LED headlights with laser modules – this is a first for the model. There are also some changes at the rear: new OLED headlights that can change their pattern and glow brighter if someone is closer than two meters away.
In addition, new body and wheel color options have been added. By the way, 20-inch wheels are now standard on the Audi Q8. But inside, there are few changes – in fact, it’s just a change in trim and decor options. Under the hood, everything remains as it was: 3-liter diesel or gasoline V6 engines (231/286/340 hp) and a 4-liter 507-horsepower V8 for the SQ8 version.
Not a lot of changes? Perhaps it’s because Audi has been focusing its efforts on the development of electric vehicles lately. And in the form of the Audi Q6 e-tron, we have a very interesting example. Even though the Audi Q6 e-tron electric crossover is still presented in camouflage, the most important thing is already clear.
So: in terms of size (approximately 4.7-meter length and 3-meter wheelbase) and positioning, the Audi Q6 electric car will logically fit between the Audi Q5 and Audi Q7/Q8; however, it will be an electric car from the start – it will not have an internal combustion engine version.
The Audi Q6 e-tron electric crossover will be the first representative of the PHEV platform that has been developed in recent years. Later, the Audi A6 e-tron, Porsche Macan and other electric vehicles will be built on this platform. The PHEV platform involves the use of an electric architecture with a voltage of up to 800 volts, the possibility of using an air suspension, and all-wheel drive with two electric motors.
For example, the Audi Q6 e-tron crossover will have a total power of about 360 horses. It will also have a battery of approximately 100 kWh, which will allow it to cover up to 600 km on a single full charge. In the cabin of the Audi Q6 e-tron, attention is drawn to the combined front panel displays (11.9 and 14.5 inches) and an additional third 10.9-inch display for the passenger – this will be an option.
However, the Audi Q6 e-tron electric car will have to wait until early 2024. Instead, sales of the updated Audi Q8 will start soon at a price of 86,700 euros. Which of these two would you choose?