2014 Audi Q6 test-mule spy shots
During a conversation with Automotive News Europe (subscription required), de’ Silva stated, “We will definitely launch a sportier crossover in between the Q7 and Q5.” An Audi Q6 would have the BMW X6 directly in its sights, and would hope to pirate sales away from its oddly-styled German rival.
In Europe, the BMW X6 was launched as a premium SUV in 2008. Based on the BMW X5 SUV, but styled with an aggressively swooping roofline, the X6 climbed to fifth in European premium SUV sales in 2011, beating the Audi Q7 in units sold.
The X6 hasn't fared quite as well in North America, since its sporty styling dramatically impacts its utility. Through November, BMW has managed to sell just 5,431 X6 models in North America, making it the brand's third-least-popular model on these shores.