The electric SUV will be the second Audi model to use the new PPE architecture, after the A6 e-tron.
Both the driver information screen and the infotainment screen will be combined into one curved panel.
The passenger will be faced with a third screen that is obscured from the driver.
Audi used the IAA mobility show in Munich as an opportunity to unveil more details about its upcoming Q6 e-tron electric SUV, namely the first official pictures of its interior.
This new model is said to be quite important for the brand and as such, it will influence the design of its future products.
Inside, the Q6 e-tron features a modern cabin that manages to be very modern while remaining fairly similar to the brand’s previous efforts.
Indeed, this model will be equipped with an all-new curved panel that integrates both the 11.9-inch driver information screen and the 14.5-inch infotainment screen on top of the minimalist dashboard, something that is becoming more and more common in new models from various manufacturers.
At the same time, the steering wheel, the door panels, and the disposition of controls on the center console seem to be typical of the brand’s other recent electric models.
Since the new curved panel tilts the infotainment screen away from the front passenger, Audi will offer a third 10.9-inch screen for them which is recessed behind the infotainment screen.
In addition to blocking the driver’s view and thus allowing the passenger to watch a movie or videos on this screen, this disposition is part of the automaker’s new theme which plays with dimensions and perspective in order to create depth in the cabin.
More than just a new screen, the Q6 e-tron will benefit from a brand-new infotainment system developed by VW’s CARIAD division and based on Android Automotive. Key features of this system include over-the-air updates, an app store, and Audi’s self-learning personal assistant.
Also available will be Audi’s first augmented reality (AR) head-up display system. This technology displays the same information as other head-up displays, such as the vehicle’s speed, important road signs, and navigation directions, but in a way that interacts with the environment.
Indeed, AR allows this information to be displayed as if they were floating about 200 meters in front of the vehicle, in an area that measures approximately 88 inches diagonal from the driver’s point of view. In addition, navigation directions are interactive since arrows can point each turn in real-time.
As expected in a vehicle of this price category, ambient lighting will be abundant in the Q6 e-tron, with images showing light-up accents running from each front door along the base of the windshield, under the infotainment screen, and over the door armrests.
Called the Interaction light, the piece that runs along the windshield serves multiple functions since Audi says it will indicate the vehicle’s charge level and whether it is locked or unlocked, in addition to providing a welcome greeting to the driver.
The Q6 e-tron will be one of the first Audi models to make use of the Premium Platform Electric (PPE) architecture which it will share with other members of the VW Group, such as the upcoming Porsche Macan EV.
This new platform will allow it to offer a flat floor in the rear and up to 1,529 litres of cargo space with the rear seat folded down. In addition, the frunk will be able to accommodate up to 64 litres of items.
Audi has yet to announce more details about this new model such as range or performance, but these details should be coming soon.