Audi is getting ready for the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas with a concept car and numerous technology exhibits. 

Overview

Audi E-Tron Quattro Q6 is fitted with one electric motor up front and two motors on the rear axle; they produce a combined power figure of 429 horsepower, although output can be boosted to 496 for a short period of time. Maximum torque is “over 590 lb-ft.” The result: a zero-to-62-mph time of just 4.6 seconds. There are Drive and Sport settings and Audi says weight distribution is 52/48 percent front/rear; the batteries are located low in the car to help keep the center of gravity as close to the ground as possible. The concept features all-wheel steering, and the rear electric motors are programmed to offer a torque-vectoring function, both of which will help on-road agility. The 22-inch wheels are wrapped in 265/40 rubber, and there is a carbon-ceramic braking system.

Ford those unfamiliar with the event, CES is an internationally renowned electronics and technology trade show that attracts major companies from around the world – like Audi, for instance. That’s why the German carmaker just announced it will be offering insights into the latest developments from its technology world at the show – which is being held from January 6 to 8, 2016 – presenting “the latest technologies, products and megatrends” in electrification, digitalization and piloted driving. To top it off, Audi says it will offer an outlook on the future with a concept car.

Now, we don’t know if the Ingolstadt-based car manufacturer.

Furthermore, Audi announces that this year the show will be followed by the Audi Tech Talk, a conference that allows technology experts to offer an in-depth look at electronics development and answer questions from journalists and show visitors.

Specifications and gallery

Audi Q6 E-Tron Quattro

At 192.1 inches long and 76.0 inches wide, it slots neatly between the Q5 and the Q7, although, at 60.6 inches tall, it sits significantly lower than both of those models. With a coupe-like roofline, an octagonal grille, and futuristic lighting elements that use OLED and laser technology, the concept moves the needle forward for Audi design. The grille’s five bright horizontal strips represent a new design signifier for Audi’s e-tron cars that will be shared with other future electric, hybrid, and hydrogen-fueled cars. The drag coefficient is said to be a low 0.25, and the concept is fitted with several  spoilers, flaps, and side skirts that are automatically extended at speed to improve aerodynamics.

Audi Q6 E-Tron Quattro

Audi Q6 E-Tron Quattro

Thanks to a 95-kWh lithium-ion battery pack, the concept can travel more than 310 miles on an electric charge. Audi says a full charge takes 50 minutes using a 150-kW fast charger, and there is an inductive charging function, as well. Positioning the car atop the charging plate is a job assigned to the car’s self-driving functionality, which uses video as well as ultrasonic and laser sensors to assess conditions around the car.

Audi Q6 E-Tron Quattro

Unlike the seven-seat Tesla Model X, the Audi e-Tron Quattro concept is a four-seater with a large cargo area. The interior, executed in various shades of gray, seems almost ethereal. The cockpit features OLED screens, some of which are touch-sensitive, the rear passengers get OLED screens of their own, to boot.

Audi says that the “center tunnel console seems to flow” because the car “has no driveshaft”—which of course it doesn’t, but this statement makes us wonder why Audi doesn’t use the same treatment in some of its front-wheel-drive models.

Audi Q6 E-Tron Quattro

The concept is likely to come to market as the Q6 by early 2018; it could be joined by hydrogen-powered and plug-in-hybrid derivatives. And while we’re still not sure that any of them will go very far toward saving the planet, one thing is clear, They are likely to add a whole new dimension of refinement and style to the premium electric-vehicle segment. Audi will bring one of its well-known concepts (like the E-Tron Quattro, pictured here) or it will come up with something entirely fresh, but knowing Audi’s involvement with the event, we assume it’s probably the latter.

Audi Q6 E-Tron Quattro

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