Friday 18 March 2011

Audi plans X6 rivalling SUV coupé

Audi has begun developing a performance minded SUV coupé, to rival the BMW X6.

Rumoured to be called Q6, the five-seat crossover may underpin the identical four-wheel drive platform as the Porsche Cayenne and Volkswagen Touareg, which utilises a 2,895mm, short-wheelbase using VAG's Colorado chassis, that also pins the Audi Q7.

Although yet to be official, Audi director, Rupert Stadler said in a interview with German media “We can imagine a model between the Q5 and the Q7... a coupe like, four-wheel driven model.”

Global sales of the BMW X6 have exceeded initial targets, which would mean European models would sport a V6 petrol & hybrid, and a diesel, while the U.S would get an additional V8 petrol. A range-topping Q6 RS may also been in the works, getting power from a new turbocharged 4.0 litre V8 petrol.

BMW has sold 110,622 X6's since launch in 2008, including 43,322 units last year, of which 3,082 were X6M's.

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