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Audi Teases Frankfurt-Bound Concept Car's OLED Taillights

Could preview Tesla-fighting Q6 e-tron.

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Audi plans to introduce a new concept car at this September's Frankfurt auto show, but so far the German automaker has confirmed only that the model will use new OLED (organic light-emitting diode) taillights. According to reports, however, the concept is likely to preview Audi's Tesla-fighting electric crossover.

Audi has experimented with many new lighting systems in recent years, including laser headlights, and is now turning its attention to OLED taillights. The new lighting system uses less energy than a normal taillight, and has a more homogenous light output that can easily be dimmed or illuminated in various shapes. Because the OLEDs do not require extra cooling systems and are very flexible, Audi says they could be used in "new creative spaces" for car designers.

While Audi remains mum on any other details about its new crossover, reports from Auto Motor und Sport and Autocar suggest the concept will preview the Q6 e-tron (seen below in our rendering), an electric crossover designed to take on the Tesla Model X. As European Bureau Chief Georg Kacher previously reported, the Audi Q6 e-tron will be a dramatically styled coupe-crossover with anywhere from 300 to 500 hp, as well as a long real-world driving range.

In May, Audi said it was developing "a sporty SUV with electric drive, which is to be launched in 2018." The company is also planning the Audi Q8 flagship SUV, which will debut in 2019.

Stay tuned for more info on Audi's Frankfurt-bound concept.