Audi Q6, produced in China by SAIC Chinese joint venture, is a three-row crossover and is more spacious than a Q7. It is offered with 2.0L and 2.5L engines as Audi is stretching its SUV lineup in China, with this new model. Although the name Q6 puts it below the Q7 and Q8 models, it is larger than the formers and is built on the same MQB platform as the VW Atlas SUV sold in the U.S. This is part of Audi’s joint venture strengthening with Chinese automaker SAIC, and will be manufactured locally in China. (Source: Car and Driver)
There is not much info in terms of specifications. But according to rumors, the Q6 would be available in three configs. All with Quattro AWD. The base 40 trim sports a 2.0L engine, more likely a turbo-four, with 228 hp. And the 45 variant has a slightly beefier version of the engine with 262 hp. The top model Q6 50, has a 2.5L engine offering 295 hp. This engine is capable of sending it to 62 mph in 7.3 seconds. The main key difference between the Q6 and the downmarket VW cousin lies in its design. The front end features Audi’s single-frame grille and similar headlight design as other ongoing Audi models. Whereas, the rear taillights stretch across the width of the vehicle.
The interior of Audi Q6 has more improved and premium materials than what one gets in the VW. Plus all the touchscreens run Audi’s MMI infotainment system. There is also, six wheel designs in 19-, 20-, and 21-inch specifications. The Q6 starts at $74,000 in China, with the top model asking $88,000. There’s a doubt, that we’ll ever see anything like this in the U.S., as the Q7 is already in the mid-size luxury SUV market covered for German.