Audi’s family of A6 cars is set to be extended with an electric member. A prototype was recently spotted.
The electric version is an A6 E-Tron which Audi first showed in 2021, with an sketchy concept. Audi followed up on the initial idea with the A6 Avant E-Tron concept earlier in the year, suggesting it is the case that the E-Tron will be available in wagon and sedan body designs (Avant is the Audi name of wagons).
The production version of the A6 E-Tron has been confirmed to be launched in 2023. This means it will likely in dealerships in 2024. It will compete with models like the Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan that will be available for the 2020 model year and also models that are more expensive than models like the Tesla Model S hatchback.
As our spy images suggest that the final A6 E-Tron closely resembles the striking concept. The concept was 195.3 inches long which is roughly the dimensions of the internal-combustion powered A6, and we believe that the final version will be similar in size.
There will certainly be some changes, such as having a little more ground clearance as well as real side mirrors instead of cameras of the show car. This LED lighting bar which formed the taillights in the concept is absent, however we’re expecting it to be included in the final version.
The headlights on this model are also made by two parts, while this concept was based on small slits on the top, which form those for the running lamps in daylight. Similar designs will appear on the Q6 E-Tron crossover scheduled for release later this year.
Audi A6 E-Tron Concept – 2021 Shanghai auto show
Each of the Q6 E-Tron and the A6 E-Tron could be the first cars that are built the Volkswagen Group’s PPE (Premium Platform Electric) modular electric vehicle platform that was designed through Audi as well as Porsche. One of the first Porsche to use PPE will be one powered by electricity Macan scheduled for 2023.
Audi confirms that its A6 E-Tron will offer single-motor rear-wheel drive as well as dual-motor all-wheel drive. Audi employed a dual-motor configuration in the concept. It is with 469 horsepower and 590 pounds of torque. The idea was also said to come with 100 kilowatt-hour batteries that can provide over 300 miles of travel and capable of charging between 5 and 80 percent in under 25 minutes, thanks to 800-volt technology. There is also a possibility of the super-powered RS 6 E-Tron with more than 600 horsepower from the people from Audi Sport.
Although Audi is set to unveil its A6 E-Tron, the current internal combustion model will be around for a couple of years. Audi is contemplating a slight upgrade so that it stays in top shape with its new electric model. In the beginning, however, Audi will be launching only EVs.