Finally, it’s confirmed. The all-new 2017 Audi Q6 Hydrogen has been presented at the biggest auto shows on the world, 2016 NAIAS. The Audi Q6 has been announced a few months ago as a competitor for the Tesla Model X as well as for the other sporty crossovers on the market. The car has been announced to be released in 2016 at the Detroit Auto Show but it would only go on sale some time in the late of 2017. Unlike the Model X, the Q6 would be offered in a couple of different versions, each with its own unique engine choice.
We are now going to discuss the upcoming 2017 Audi Q6 Hydrogen which has to be the most interesting of the lot. Unlike the others which will use a petrol-electric hybrid or even a full electric powertrain, the hydrogen model will use a hydrogen cell in order to make electricity for its on-board motors.
Design – Inside and Outside look
While the exterior design is largely unknown for now, there are a few renders of the 2017 Audi Q6 Hydrogen on the internet and the end result might be more impressive than we first thought. Firstly, the car will get a sloped roof, similar to what the BMW X6 has, but instead of an odd-looking back end, the Q6 will look a lot more like the Macan. Also, in the front it will receive a unique hexagonal grille and headlights which will only be present on Audi’s future electric vehicles. Unlike its other electric competitors, in the back the Q6 will actually feature twin-exhausts which, instead of bad gasses, will exhaust pure water.
This is because the car will combine hydrogen and oxygen in order to make electricity and the byproduct of the two is pure water.
Inside the cabin of the 2017 Audi Q6 Hydrogen we should see the usual Audi quality and design. This means that the dashboard will be minimalistic in design, the instrument cluster will likely be an LCD panel while on the center console the car will feature an Android-based infotainment and navigation unit. There will be just enough room for up to five adults but because of the hydrogen tanks, the car will very likely feature less storage space than its major competitor.
Under the Hood
Some people thought that the car was going to use an internal tank in order to store this water but the car would become too heavy and it wouldn’t be able to travel very far with such a tank. At this point rumors suggest that Audi will install three electric motors, one in the front and two in the back. The total power output for these is still unknown but we expect it to offer around 400 horsepower and 700 lb-ft of torque while a Sport model would be able to boost the output to more than 500 horsepower. This should allow the sporty electric crossover to get to 60 MPH in around 4.5 seconds while hitting a limited top speed of 130 MPH.
The best part about the hydrogen-electric powerplant is that the car will offer a range of around 320 miles and instead of a long charging time, it will only require a couple of minutes in order to fill the hydrogen tanks. This is a major improvement over Model X which will only add around 200 miles of range for 30 minutes of SuperCharging.
2017 Audi Q6 Hydrogen Release date
This does have its advantages and disadvantages, but more on that later (after premiere). Instead of being a rather large crossover, the Q6 will be more similar in size to the Macan or the Q5, but it will get a sportier looking exterior as well as a more upmarket interior than the two. In order to be able to do that, Audi will likely sell their medium-size Q6 for around $80,000 which is more than pretty much any other car of its size.
The biggest competitors are Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell, Honda FCV Clarity and Toyota Mirai.