The development of the next Audi Q6 E-Tron is in full swing. The German automaker has been extensively testing the nameplate of the pure EV crossover since last year. However, the latest spy photos bring something new to the table.
Our spy photographers spotted the Q6 E-Tron prototype again in Sweden, now sporting production headlights front and rear for the first time. Don’t expect these Mickeys to light up high to hit production, though. They are probably there for emergency use only.
The biggest surprise here is that the Audi Q6 E-Tron sports a set of split-type headlights – similar to new BMW SAVs like the upcoming X7. As with most split headlight designs, the top portion appears to be reserved for LED daytime running lights that double as turn signals. The rear also gets the production taillights, with horizontal graphics as opposed to the round lamps of previous sightings.
The Audi Q6 E-Tron will sit between the Q4 E-Tron that sits atop the MEB platform and the full-size flagship E-Tron electric vehicle based on a modified version of the MLB architecture.
Powertrain details for the Q6 E-Tron are scarce at this point. However, there are rumors that a top-of-the-line RS-branded Q6 E-Tron is coming, producing around 600 horsepower (447 kilowatts) and 612 pound-feet (830 Newton-meters) of torque. This is not confirmed at this stage.
Using the PPE architecture, the Q6 E-Tron will share its underpinnings with the electric Porsche Macan. The Macan EV will be unveiled ahead of the Q6 E-Tron this year, but both models will hit the market in 2023. The Audi Q5 and non-EV Macan will be sold side-by-side with their electric counterparts.