The upcoming Mercedes-Benz EQE and BMW i5 will have a rival from Ingolstadt that will also offer one of the few wagons on the electric vehicle market.
car report Audi A6 e-tron will debut in 2024 in both sedan and Avant wagon forms, and it will look like the 2021 and 2022 concept versions respectively.
Electric sedans and wagons will appear shortly after Electronic Q6 crossover, with which it will share the new Premium Platform Electric co-developed by Audi and Porsche. PPE is also the foundation for the upcoming development Porsche Macan EV.
“At the end of the year we will launch the Q6 E-tron, and then a few months later the A6 E-tron,” said Audi design chief Marc Lichte.
“The A6 E-tron was born exactly three years after we launched the E-tron GT and on the A6 E-tron – as you can see on the concept car, very, very, very, very, very close to the car. production – you can see that we are going to be more polished and simple.”
The Audi concepts are not all fancy flights, Mr Lichte also told the UK publication that Activesphere Concept 2023 can preview an allroad spinoff of A7 launched around 2027 and confirmed next generation A8 – due in 2024 – will be like Grandsphere Concept 2021.
The A6 e-tron will be offered with a choice of single-engine rear-wheel drive and dual-motor four-wheel drive.
The concept sedan uses a 100kWh lithium-ion battery with a claimed range of 700km under the more stringent WLTP standards, 800V technology and 270kW charging capacity.
The Avant concept also uses a 100kWh battery, along with a dual-motor AWD powertrain that produces 350kW of power and 800Nm of torque.
Audi says the production A6 e-tron can go from 0 to 100 km/h in under 7 seconds in the base model and “under” 4 seconds in the most powerful variants.
The company has also hinted at an RS6 e-tron flagship. Using the Macan EV as a guide, this can produce up to 450 kW of power and 1000 Nm of torque.
For reference, currently audi RS6 pump out 441kW and 800Nm from the twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8.
The concept’s suspension includes a five-link axle at the front optimized for electric vehicles, with a multi-link axle at the rear. It also has an air suspension with adaptive dampers.
Same size as A6 . internal combustion engineThe electric sedan and wagon have drag coefficients of just 0.22 and 0.24 respectively.
Audi has chosen not to reveal the interior of either concept and the spy shots don’t give us a close-up look.
However, we can expect to see a more tablet-style infotainment touchscreen instead of Audi’s more classic integrated display if the upcoming Q6 e-tron is a guide.
The production A6 Avant e-tron will be one of the few electric wagons in the world.
MG has the MG 5 in Europe, based on the Roewe ei5, but it is a small wagon intended for the mass market, while at the other end of the spectrum there is Porsche Taycan Sport Turismo and Cross Turismo.
A more direct rival that will emerge is the BMW i5 Touring, which is based on the next-generation 5 Series and is expected to be launched in 2023 or 2024.
Whether the i5 Touring will arrive here, however, remains unclear. Audi Australia remains committed to wagons, offering long-top versions of the A4 and A6, including models with the hot RS badge.
However, BMW ended the private sale of the 5 Series Touring.
Audi says it will Stop the production of fuel-burning vehicles to 2033, except in China.