Audi expands Q6 e-tron range with rear-drive model

Audi has announced a cheaper, more efficient rear-wheel-drive addition to its Q6 SUV e-tron line-up.

The new model is the first two-wheel-drive variant of Audi’s rival to the Jaguar I-Pace, Polestar 4 and Tesla Model Y, and will be joined by a lower-spec entry-level later in the year.

The new Q6 SUV e-tron performance offers less power but increased range compared with the Q6 e-tron quattro and SQ6 e-tron.

Using a 322bhp motor and a 94.9kWh battery, the two-wheel-drive variant offers class-leading range of up to 392 miles, compared with 381 miles for the 383bhp quattro and 360 for the 510bhp SQ6. It’s still no slouch, though, with a 0-62mph time of 6.6 seconds.

Like its more powerful stablemates, the e-tron performance features DC charging at up to 260kW thanks to the 800V architecture of the Premium Platform Electric (PPE) that also underpins the new Porsche Macan. At a suitable fast charging station, owners can add 161 miles of driving range in 10 minutes.

The Q6 SUV e-tron performance is priced from £63,475 – around £3,300 less than the cheapest quattro variant. First deliveries of the Q6 SUV e-tron performance are due to begin in the third quarter of the year, with the first all-wheel-drive variants due to reach customers in August.

Later in the summer, an entry-level variant called Q6 SUV e-tron, also featuring rear-wheel drive, will be added to the line-up.

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Matt Allan

Matt is Editor of EV Powered. He has worked in journalism for more than 20 years and been an automotive journalist for the last decade, covering every aspect of the industry, from new model reveals and reviews to consumer and driving advice. The former motoring editor of, The Scotsman and National World, Matt has watched the EV landscape transform beyond recognition over the last 10 years and developed a passion for electric vehicles and what they mean for the future of transport - from the smallest city cars to the biggest battery-powered trucks. When he’s not driving or writing about electric cars, he’s figuring out how to convert his classic VW camper to electric power.