Tesla is much ahead of the competition as they are already ready with their Model X SUV. People who pre-ordered the vehicle are busy customizing it at the moment and the company has plans to deliver it in the month of October.
Even though, other manufacturers are late to the electric cars party, from their recent announcements, it looks like they may catch up faster than expected. The 2017 Audi Q6 e-tron SUV is the new arrival which was showcased for the first time at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The vehicle caught the eye of many because it is the first every fully electric launch from a reputed manufacturer like Audi that boasts of performance and mileage, similar to the models offered by Tesla.
The new electric SUV from Audi is expected to hit the stores in 2018. It is definitely going to be a long wait for the customers who are long time patrons of the brand. However, the SUV promises a 300 mile drive on a full charge which is a bit higher than what Tesla has promised with their Model X SUV. Besides, it is going to be more of a luxury variant that has just two rows for the passengers, which offers less seating space compared to the Model X which boasts of three rows.
In terms of design, the Audi Q6 e-tron SUV borrows a lot from the Audi Quattro vehicles. These vehicles were popular in the late 1980s and some of the design aspects from the cars have been used in the new electric car. It could be because of the nostalgia the company shares with the series or simply to add a unique touch to the SUV to make it stand out of the crowd.
The SUV is expected to have an infotainment system and controls, which is a combination of digital touchscreens with analog knobs. Users love knobs to control temperature and volume throughout the years, even in an era where almost every device boasts of a touchscreen. These design elements were not revealed in the concept car because Audi is still working on them and may take months before they show it to the general public.
Designers from the brand also confirmed that they are planning to add two electric motors to power the rear wheel unlike Tesla’s Model X which uses just one. It is expected to boost torque and allow users to customize power to each wheel, as and when they need it.