The following era of the A6 transitions to an all-electric powertrain, offering a spread of as much as 435 miles and fast 270 kW charging functionality
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Audi and wagons have at all times gone hand in hand, combining practicality and well-designed aesthetics with all-wheel drive capabilities to outperform the competitors. Nevertheless, with the continuing shift in the direction of electrification and the rising recognition of crossovers, there was rising uncertainty about the way forward for the wagon physique fashion in a post-internal combustion period.
Happily, it seems that electrical wagons are a reliable choice, as an A6 Avant e-tron (and its sedan counterpart) is in superior phases of growth. This addition enhances the A6 ICE-powered lineup, which can now be – considerably confusingly – known as the A7.
You see, Audi is transitioning to a brand new naming scheme, the place electrical fashions can have even numbers (A4, A6, This autumn, Q6, and so forth.), whereas successors to present ICE fashions will undertake odd numbers (A3, A5, A7, and so forth.). Setting apart this nomenclature shift, let’s delve into what we at present learn about this electrified wagon.
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Model To Stun
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Nearly a lifeless ringer of the A6 Avant e-tron Concept, the transition into manufacturing differs from that of different idea automobiles that get diluted into manufacturing oblivion. So, what are the important thing design highlights? Beginning on the enterprise finish, Audi’s signature ‘Singleframe’ grille turns into an enclosed panel, flanked by a pair of angular battery cooling intakes and break up digital matrix LED headlights with their major models positioned low and the DRLs above.
The dynamic facet profile retains these easy transitions between convex and concave surfaces, with a closely raked D-pillar making it look extra hatch than a wagon. Sadly, the home windows have misplaced their frameless look, and the digital door mirrors are possible an choice quite than an ordinary match. Muscular haunches, rear diffuser shops, and a full-width OLED mild cluster assist cement an total planted stance.
The Inside Line
Roughly the identical dimension as the present A6/A7 lineup, the A6 e-tron Avant sports activities a spacious five-seat inside with a flat flooring. Anticipate the cabin design to carefully mirror its Q6 e-tron platform sibling pictured above. It presents a high-class surroundings with a curved OLED 11.9-inch digital instrument cluster, a 14.5-inch infotainment system, and a ten.9-inch entrance passenger show working wi-fi Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Augmented actuality (AR) head-up show (HUD) and dynamic ambient lighting may even characteristic.
The A6 e-tron will make use of VW Group’s Premium Platform Electric (PPE) structure that underpins the soon-to-be revealed Porsche Macan EV. An 800-volt structure and 100 kWh battery pack good for a WLTP vary of 435 miles (700 km) will allow fast DC quick charging as much as 270kW to place any vary uncertainties to relaxation. Adaptive damping and air suspension are additionally on the playing cards to make sure a easy trip.
Spy photographs of Audi A6 Avant E-Tron prototypes
Quite a lot of completely different motor choices shall be obtainable; these embrace a base single motor variant and a mid-spec twin motor setup growing 469 hp (350 kW / 476 PS) and 590 lb-ft (800 Nm), good for a 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in lower than 4 seconds.
If that’s too gradual and also you’re eager on a recreation of organ rearrangement, a top-tier RS6 e-tron with a rumored 805 hp (600 kW / 816 PS) can also be a robust shoo-in. The bottom specification mannequin will possible be a rear-drive affair, whereas the mid-spec and RS6 fashions will put their energy to the tarmac through Quattro all-wheel-drive.
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Rivals and Reveal
Wagons with full battery-electric propulsion are a uncommon breed – one thing all of us hope will change quickly. Audi’s main rival is BMW’s upcoming i5 Touring, while Mercedes-Benz has gone chilly toes on EV wagons and solely presents the EQE as a sedan, no less than for now.
We anticipate the revealing of the A6 e-tron Avant to happen within the coming months. Whereas there have been conflicting reviews on whether or not the electrical property shall be obtainable in North America, Audi officers have hinted that we might get variations “positioned somewhat bit increased”, pointing to the potential for an Allroad model, a extra performance-oriented RS variant, or maybe even each.
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Notice: The renderings on this story are unofficial and don’t have any official affiliation with Audi.