Audi’s A6 household is about to broaden to incorporate an electrical member, and a prototype has simply been noticed.
The electrical variant is the A6 E-Tron, which Audi first previewed in 2021 with a thinly veiled idea model. The automaker adopted up the unique idea with an A6 Avant E-Tron idea earlier this 12 months, hinting strongly the A6 E-Tron shall be supplied in each sedan and wagon physique types (Avant is Audi’s identify for wagons).
The manufacturing A6 E-Tron is confirmed for launch in 2023, which means it should probably arrive at dealerships as a 2024 mannequin. It should compete in opposition to the Mercedes-Benz EQE sedan that arrived for the 2023 mannequin 12 months, in addition to high-end variations of the Tesla Mannequin S hatchback.
Because the spy photographs and video point out, the manufacturing A6 E-Tron will intently resemble the gorgeous idea. The idea measured 195.3 inches in size, which is concerning the dimension of the internal-combustion powered A6, and the manufacturing model also needs to be this dimension.
There shall be some variations, in fact, like barely extra floor clearance, in addition to precise facet mirrors as a substitute of the present automobile’s digicam stalks. The LED mild bar that fashioned the taillights of the idea can also be lacking right here, although it ought to return on the manufacturing mannequin.
The headlights listed below are fashioned from twin parts, whereas the idea solely featured skinny slits on the high that fashioned the daytime operating lights. An analogous design will characteristic on the associated Q6 E-Tron SUV whose launch has been delayed to subsequent 12 months.
Audi A6 E-Tron Idea – 2021 Shanghai auto present
Each the Q6 E-Tron and A6 E-Tron shall be among the many first autos primarily based on Volkswagen Group’s PPE modular EV platform that was primarily developed by Audi and Porsche. The primary Porsche to trip on the platform would be the electrical Macan, which has additionally seen its launch delayed, this time to 2024.
Audi has confirmed the A6 E-Tron will provide single-motor rear-wheel drive and dual-motor all-wheel-drive powertrains. Audi used a dual-motor setup within the idea rated at 469 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque. Audi additionally mentioned the idea was fitted with a 100-kwh battery good for greater than 300 miles of vary and able to charging from 5-80% in lower than 25 minutes due to 800-volt expertise. Audi Sport may additionally provide a high-performance RS 6 E-Tron with greater than 600 hp.
Though Audi is about to launch the A6 E-Tron, the present internal-combustion mannequin will stick round for just a few years. Audi is planning a gentle replace to maintain the automobile contemporary alongside its new electrical sibling. Nevertheless, Audi will solely launch EVs beginning in 2026.