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Audi will reportedly unveil a new hydrogen-fuelled version of its recent e-tron quattro SUV concept at next month’s Detroit auto show.

Unveiled in September, the e-tron quattro concept is believed to be our first look at a long-anticipated new SUV that will likely wear a Q6 badge.

Audi has so far confirmed plans for an all-electric SUV, rivalling the new Tesla Model X, but reports out of the UK this week suggest that a new ‘h-tron’ concept is also on the way.


A special hydrogen fuel-cell version of the Audi A7 Sportback has already been revealed, and it is likely that any new h-tron SUV would feature the same technology.

In the case of the A7 h-tron, that means a 130-litre hydrogen fuel cell matched to a 172kW/540Nm electric drive system that claims a driving range of around 550 kilometres. See our detailed report here.

Interestingly, the car also features a lithium-ion battery pack, to accommodate the limited hydrogen refuelling options available right now.

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Now, a report with the UK’s Autocar suggests that a new Audi h-tron quattro SUV concept will appear at next month’s Detroit auto show.

Details are thin on the ground for now, but it is possible that Audi intends to offer both pure electric and hydrogen-fuelled EVs in its new Q6 range.

Watch for more details to surface in the weeks ahead.

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