Audi says the Q6 e-tron is good to go for 2018 release

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The Ingolstadt-based luxury automaker is making good on its green plans, confirming the Q6 e-tron sport utility vehicle will hit the production line in 2018 and come with an all-electric range of 310 miles. The automaker will deliver the e-tron electric SUV based on the concept of the same name with a battery-powered full electric powertrain from early 2018, aiming at a 310-mile range. Sitting between the upcoming new generation Q5 and the already refreshed Q7, the Q6 has been introduced during the Frankfurt Motor Show and Dr Rudiger Chmielewski, chief of total vehicle development confirmed during Audi’s Future Performance Day workshop taking place this week the concept was very close to final production form. “We have found the right height”, said Dr Chmielewski forAuto Express. “You will find this in the exterior. You’ll also find the headlight pattern in all our electric cars.” He was referring to the new Matrix Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED)lighting technology showcased with the concept. “The flush door handles will feature, too”, he added. “A lot of heart went into these. We hope we can use them with rear view cameras.” But the latter could be subject to modifications because of regulatory constraints in the EU and the US. Meanwhile, the Q6 designation has not been confirmed yet but the overall design puts the electric SUV in direct competition with the already released Tesla Model X – while conventional rivals might be the BMW X6 and Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe. The Audi executive also added that when the model will come out to the market they would also have better infrastructure in place: “By the time we launch the e-tron, we will have a fast charge network in Germany. An 80 per cent charge will take 30 minutes. The success of a model like this will depend on the infrastructure.” He also added the company was working on delivering wireless induction charging systems to owners. Via Auto Express