The Ingolstadt-based automaker delivered during the Frankfurt Motor Show the e-tron quattro prototype and now the rumor mill has chewed up another concept for the upcoming North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
We’re reporting about the introduction of the all new h-tron quattro concept, which should count as the forerunner for the 2018 Q6, with the sole difference from the previously named e-tron quattro concept being the different eco powertrain – electricity this time around will come courtesy of a fuel cell assembly. We already know the previous e-tron quattro concept used a battery-electric powertrain that mated a high capacity lithium-ion battery pack to three electric motors – which together delivered a total power of 429 hp (435 PS / 320 kW), with an overboost function lifting the figures to 496 hp (503 PS / 370 kW) and over 590 lb-ft (800 Nm) of torque.
Using all that power would deliver a 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) sprint in 4.6 seconds and the top speed was electronically-governed at 130 mph (210 km/h). The range would also be consistent despite the high-power credentials – more than 311 miles (500 km) on a single charge. Audi has been implicated for quite some time in hydrogen power research and we’re hoping to see small differences compared to the e-tron – maybe the same three electric motors would be fueled by the hydrogen stack to provide similar power. Anyways, the main issue here is how carmakers will deal with the split technology practice – while gasoline and diesel stations are housed in a single unit we’re not really imagining charging ports sitting next to hydrogen filling boxes anytime soon.