Audi has revealed the Q6 e-tron electric SUV's interior ahead of its international debut. The upcoming car, which will pack a couple of innovative features, is expected to be the brand's most important offering. According to the luxury automaker, the cabin of the EV adheres to a new brand design philosophy and is in line with the needs of users. The Q6 e-tron is the first vehicle from the manufacturer to be built on the new Premium Platform Electric (PPE) and E3 Electronics Architecture. According to Audi, these two new platforms act as the basis for remodelling the interior's design and functionality.
Market reports reveal that the new Audi Q6 e-tron will hit international shores next year. There are currently no updates on its debut in India. However, it is expected to come to our market after making its debut abroad. Following its introduction, the new EV from Audi will face competition from the Mercedes-Benz EQE and BMW iX3.
Audi Q6 e-tron: Interior Highlights
Audi has exhibited the brand's new interior design philosophy with the Q6 e-tron. The layout of the interior is three-dimensional and high contrast, with things placed strategically in the foreground or background, giving rise to a three-dimensional spatial architecture that blends aesthetics and ergonomics. The Audi MMI panoramic display and the MMI front passenger display, according to the automaker, define the 'digital stage' in the vehicle's interior. An OLED gauge cluster, an infotainment touchscreen, and a front-passenger-specific touchscreen make up a total of three screens in the car. The 14.5-inch infotainment touchscreen and the 11.9-inch OLED gauge cluster are both housed behind a single curved bezel, embellished by ambient lighting. A self-learning voice assistant is included in the new Android-based infotainment software. It responds to the command 'Hey, Audi' and can progressively learn a driver's preferences and even make recommendations.
Additionally, there is a 10.9-inch display for the front passenger, which fits in well with the dashboard design. With active privacy mode and shutter technology, the passenger can watch movies in peace and quiet without affecting the driver's attention. This function also makes it possible for a passenger to help the driver, with things like navigation.
The car is also equipped with an optional augmented reality (AR) head-up display (HUD), which projects a sizable angled image plane across the driver's windshield and displays significant information like speed, traffic signs, and icons for assistance and navigation. It also gets the Interaction light (IAL), which surrounds the interior and cockpit in a curved LED strip and has three main purposes: displaying the status of the car, safety (the dynamic turn signals are shown), and charging. Besides this, the option of a Bang & Olufsen Premium Sound System with 22 speakers, ambient lighting with a variety of animation possibilities, and more features are also available.
According to Audi, the new PPE platform, made specially for electric mobility, gives a roomy interior to the car. Inside, the vehicle features a variety of trays and storage areas, such as two cupholders, a phone charging tray, and two smartphone charging outlets, all present on the centre console. In addition, it has a 526-litre boot, which can be increased, after folding the back seats, to 1,529 litres. Further, the frunk boasts 64 litres of additional space.
Other interior elements include a steering wheel with a flat top and bottom and a squared-off array of touch-sensitive controls. A notable characteristic of the car other than its technological improvements is the use of recycled materials, such as Elastic Melange fabric, Dinamica microfiber, and Econyl, which have been chosen with usability and sustainability in mind, according to the brand.
Audi Q6 e-tron: Market Availability
While there is no official update, industry reports suggest that the Q6 E-Tron will be unveiled in 2024 and will become available for purchase in 2025.