A four-door Audi A6 e-tron concept has been unveiled at the Auto Shanghai 2021 show.
The vehicle is not a replacement for the internal combustion engine A6: it is just an all-electric addition to the A6 lineup.
The e-tron range, we recall, already includes the GT, Q4 and Q4 Sportback. The A6 e-tron is another model to join that range. Audi says a production version will be 95 percent similar to the concept.
Two electric motors deliver a total output of 350 kW / 469 hp and 590 lb-ft / 800 Nm of torque. The production Audi A6 e-tron will be capable of covering more than 700 km / 435 mi (WLTP) on a single charge, depending on the selected drive system and power output. The concept is all-wheel-drive.
It has the same dimensions as the current Audi A6: 4.96 m long, 1.96 m wide, 1.44 m-high. The drag coefficient of just 0.22 (cW value) is unprecedented in the segment.
Exterior highlights include a large wheelbase and short overhangs, 22-inch wheels with quattro wheel arches; “Heliosilver” body color with a three-dimensional depth effect, a Singleframe grille; a flat cabin, customizable lighting with Matrix LED and digital OLED technology.
In addition, the projections around the A6 e-tron enable to extend its communication range beyond the vehicle for the first time. Thanks to intelligent connectivity the car can provide information to other road users with visual signals.
The Audi A6 e-tron concept with Sportback body rides on a completely new technology platform – Premium Platform Electric (PPE) designed exclusively for battery-electric drive systems. Starting from late next year, the company will re-launch the B- and C-segment production cars with PPE tech.
A 100-kWh battery module is located between the axles. A relatively flat layout for the battery allows using PPE either for vehicles with a high ground clearance or with dynamic flat architecture, like this concept, without any changes to the basic platform.
The heart of the Audi A6 e-tron is an 800-volt charging system. The battery is quickly charged with up to 270 kW at fast-charging stations.
Moreover, the battery can get 186 miles (300 km) of range in 10 minutes and go from 5 to 80 percent in 25 min.