It's official: Audi is electrifying the A6.
The German luxury automaker has just revealed the Audi A6 E-Tron Concept, a close preview of the coming 2024 Audi A6 E-Tron, at the Shanghai auto show. While Audi's first serious electric-vehicle efforts have been the low-volume E-Tron SUV and E-Tron GT fastback sedan, this sleek-looking A6 EV (along with the recently unveiled 2022 Audi Q4 E-Tron and Q4 E-Tron Sportback crossovers) is a sign of mainstream things to come for the four-ring brand.
This concept is based on the scalable Premium Platform Electric (PPE) platform, a chassis design that can be lengthened, lifted, and widened as needed to support a range of EV models. The A6 e-tron concept—which will come alongside the gas-engine A6, not as a replacement—looks slick with its silver floating grille and shaved doors. We won't see quite so radical a car in the dealerships, but Audi says the concept is "95 percent" what we'll get in production.
Performance, charging, and range are crucial selling points for any electric car, and the A6 e-tron concept uses two electric motors with a total output of 469 horsepower and is, as one would expect from Audi, all-wheel drive. All the PPE-platform vehicles will use 800-volt charging tech, which makes for fast fill-ups. At a compatible station, the battery can get 186 miles of range in 10 minutes or go from 5 to 80 percent in less than half an hour. Audi expects a full charge to offer a range of more than 400 miles.
Along with fast charging, the A6 e-tron's use of digital lighting technology in the form of matrix LEDs and OLEDs allows for very slim lights that still meet all headlight and taillight safety requirements, and go beyond, to offer customizable designs, projected turn signals for added pedestrian warning, and even playable video games. The headlights act as a projector if you park the car facing a wall. What a concept! Electric cars aren't just starting to look cool and be viable as alternatives to gas engines; they're fun, too.
Audi will reveal the 2024 Audi A6 E-Tron production car late next year, before sliding it into dealerships sometime in 2023. Pricing, as you'd expect, is far from set, but we wouldn't be surprised to see the single-motor A6 E-Tron start around $55,000 before government incentives. In the meantime, the current gas-burning A6 will soldier on for a while, receiving regular updates even as it's joined—and no doubt eventually supplanted—by its all-new electric sibling.
Source: Car and Driver