Audi's Tesla-fighting Q6 e-tron EV could borrow its drivetrain from the R8 e-tron

New details have emerged about the all-electric Q6 e-tron concept that Audi will introduce this September at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

The Q6 e-tron will be presented as a close-to-production concept that will accurately preview a new crossover aimed squarely at the Tesla Model X. The dark teaser image published by Audi a couple of months ago reveals precious little, but the German car maker has confirmed the Q6 will usher in the design language that will influence all of its upcoming EVs over the next few years.

The concept will take the form of a BMW X6-sized and -shaped crossover that will look a lot sportier and less utilitarian than the next Q5. It will be built largely out of aluminum in a bid to partially offset the weight added by the bulky battery pack.

Power for the Q6 e-tron will come from an all-electric drivetrain built using components sourced from the R8 e-tron parts bin. Although full details are still being kept under wraps, sources close to Audi have revealed the electric motors will zap all four wheels with about 500 horsepower and over 500 foot-pounds of torque.

The Q6 will offer a maximum driving range of about 310 miles, meaning it will be able to drive 40 miles further on a single charge than the Model X, at least on paper. Additionally, it will inaugurate the futuristic inductive charging technology that Audi has developed to make charging cables a thing of the past.

Full details about the Audi Q6 e-tron concept -- assuming that's what it's called -- will emerge in the weeks leading up to its public debut in Frankfurt.

What's next?

Car & Driver reports the Q6 concept we'll see in Germany in a few weeks will be toned down and added to the Audi lineup as a regular-production model. It is tentatively scheduled to go on sale in early 2018 as a 2019 model with a price tag that will lie in the vicinity of $100,000.

The Q6 will launch with an electric drivetrain, but Audi will quickly expand the lineup with a gasoline-electric, plug-in hybrid model and, possibly, a fuel cell-powered model. However, it sounds like the Volkswagen-owned company has ruled out gasoline- and diesel-powered variants of the Q5's slinkier sibling for the time being.