The Audi A6 e-tron Concept,the company’s latest vision of electrification, has been revealed.
We’re seeing a thinly veiled tease of an important production model in the not-too-distant future once again. The A6 e-tron, which makes its debut today at the Shanghai Motor Show in 2021, borrows a name and a footprint from a conventional Audi model, but the rest is completely new.
One way for automakers to entice people back to sedans is to create electric versions of existing models. The Audi A6 will not be replaced by this concept, but it will be added to the lineup.
The model will be available in all major global markets and will be based on a new electric vehicle architecture that the company is designing in collaboration with Porsche. The new vehicle, which will be named the A6 e-tron, will not be released until at least the second half of 2022, but the German automaker is aiming for a range of 700 kilometers (more than 400 miles).
The concept is based on the PPE platform, which is a chassis design that can be lengthened, lifted, and enlarged to accommodate a variety of electric vehicles. It’s a slightly awkward name these days, but it stands for Premium Platform Electric in this case.
With its silver floating grille and shaved doors, the A6 e-tron concept—which will be available alongside the gas-engine A6, not as a replacement—looks slick. While we won’t see a car quite as radical in the showrooms, Audi claims that the concept is “95 percent” of what we’ll see in production.
Audi’s first production car based on the new platform will be a Q6 e-tron SUV (sigh), and we know Porsche is working on a Macan EV as well, but with the Q4 e-tron and its Sportback sibling just introduced, it’s easy to see why Audi is going for a saloon this time.
Even though the badge is the same, the A6 e-tron is a far cry from the current A6. In terms of Audi styling, it’s a Sportback with a long hatchback rear that aids both aesthetically and aerodynamically. More of this is likely to be seen in electric luxury vehicles in general; Mercedes-newly Benz’s revealed EQS follows the same approach.
Designers have more artistic freedom and passengers have more cabin space because they don’t have to maneuver with massive front-mounted engines and cumbersome transmission tunnels. The exterior dimensions of the A6 e-tron are almost identical to those of the current A6/A7, but the interior can be much more spacious. We can’t be sure because Audi hasn’t released any interior photos, but it appears to be very large from the outside.
Performance, charging, and range are all important selling points for any electric vehicle, and the Audi A6 e-tron concept has two electric motors with a combined output of 469 horsepower and all-wheel drive, as one would expect from Audi.
The battery can get 186 miles of range in 10 minutes or go from 5 to 80 percent in less than half an hour when charged at a compatible station. Audi estimates that a complete charge would give the vehicle a range of more than 400 miles.