The new 2023 Audi Q6 SUV is the largest vehicle to ever wear all four rings in one, but unless you’re based in China, you won’t be able to buy one. It is a striking car, with elegant lines but at the same time intimidating that will soon be in all dealerships in China.
The measurements of the car
Built in China for the Chinese market in association with SAIC, the Q6 previously underwent testing and was speculated to wear the Q9 badge. Instead, befitting its status, rather than its size, it gets the Q6 tag. Importantly, Audi won’t release official details until the Beijing Auto Show in April, but data filed with China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) reveals that the three-row SUV measures 200, 7 inches long (5,099 mm), 79.2 inches (2,104 mm) wide, and 70.2 inches (1,784 mm) high. The 117.3 in (2,980 mm) wheelbase is identical to that of the Volkswagen Atlas, whose MQB platform it shares.
Those measurements also mean that the Q6 is actually longer, wider and taller than Audi’s Q7, which measures 199.3 inches (5,063 mm), 77.6 inches (1,970 mm) and 68.5 inches (1,741 mm). mm), but mounts to a slightly longer width of 117.9 inches (2,995 mm). mm) wheelbase. Reports from China suggest the new SUV will be available with a center-row bench seating layout or in a more luxurious form with three rows of two seats.
What it brings under its hood
While the Q6 may outdo the Q7 when it comes to exterior dimensions, it’s the other way around when you look under the hood. Instead of powerful V6 and V8 engines, the MQB-based Q6 has to make do with turbocharged inline-fours. Two 2.0-liter engines are available, one with 228 horsepower (231 PS) and one with 261 horsepower (265 PS).
Given the Q6’s 4,861 lb (2,205 kg) curb weight, neither version will set any top speed or drag strip records. MIIT information gives a top speed of 129 mph or about 207 kilometers per hour. Car News China reports that the mechanically similar Teramont’s 295-hp (299 PS) 2.5-liter turbo VR6, China’s version of the Atlas, is not scheduled to appear and that a PHEV is also off the menu.
What is seen from the outside
Also disappointingly small are the standard wheels, measuring just 17 inches wide, though up to 21-inch wheels will be available as options. We think it’s going to need big hoops to help distract from the fact that the sheet metal isn’t exactly Audi’s finest work, looking a little puffy and not remotely athletic. Inside, drivers will find a standard Audi setup with a digital instrument cluster and dual-console touchscreens.
More details of its aesthetic
From the front we can see a short hood but with lines that define it and descend to match the car’s optics on the sides and the grille at the central level; This grill has chrome-plated details, as well as the four rings that identify the German brand. On the sides of the bumper we have two air intakes to keep the engine cool while moving. There is another third entrance in the lower central area.
On the sides, the alloy wheels or wheels come in silver, and with a spiral shape. The door locks are body-colored, as are the mirror caps that come in black and are combined with silver.
The rear gets a shark fin-shaped radio antenna at the rear of the roof, decorative spoiler, brake or stop lights with advanced LED technology. There are auxiliary lights embedded in the bumper.