Audi previewed the electrical model of the next-generation A6 by unveiling the sedan as an eye catching, close-to-production idea in April 2021. It is solely half of the household: The second half is the Avant station wagon, which the agency simply launched as a sporty-looking design examine.
Up entrance, solely a small handful of styling cues differentiate the A6 Avant E-Tron idea from its sedan counterpart. Each physique types characteristic a body-colored insert the place you’d anticipate finding a grille and sharp-looking headlights with Matrix LED expertise that may quickly be authorized in the US. It is what’s past the entrance finish that counts: The roof line peaks above the entrance passengers and gently slopes in the direction of a spoiler mounted above a steeply-raked D-pillar. The rear finish is dominated by a light-weight bar with digital OLED components which are customizable, a characteristic that illustrates an upcoming technique to personalize a automobile. All informed, the Avant’s design places a much bigger emphasis on kind than on perform.
That is intentional: The station wagon section is shrinking as SUVs and crossovers discover their manner into extra driveways, even in Europe, so pegging a long-roof mannequin as a grasp of utility is now not a promoting level. Sporty design is what is going to assist wagons stand out within the 2020s.
What you see is usually what you will get when the primary A6 E-Tron Avant rolls off the meeting line within the not-too-distant future.
“I can promise you that a whole lot of what we’re displaying right here shall be accessible and seen on the street. That is the great thing about my work: we’re engaged on an idea however on the similar time we’re additionally engaged on the production-bound automobile, so the fascination that the idea is producing is one which we wish to deliver to the street. The manufacturing mannequin shall be about 90% or 95% of what you see right here,” affirmed Audi designer Wolf Seebers. “After all, we’ll want to vary some particulars like including door handles; that is not one thing we will do but.”
The taking pictures brake-like sheetmetal hides the Premium Platform Electrical (PPE) structure that Audi is collectively growing with sister firm Porsche for a variety of electrical automobiles. It is modular sufficient to underpin comparatively high-riding fashions, just like the next-generation Macan and the upcoming Q6 E-Tron, and decrease automobiles such because the A6 duo. Larger and smaller fashions constructed on PPE are within the works as effectively.
Just like the sedan, the Avant is supplied with a 100-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack and fitted with a pair of electrical motors (one per axle) for through-the-road Quattro all-wheel-drive. The system’s complete output checks in at 469 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque, and Audi quotes a most driving vary of about 434 miles, in line with the testing cycle utilized in Europe. Quick-charging expertise constructed round an 800-volt system ought to let drivers zap the battery pack with about 186 miles of vary in 10 minutes when utilizing a 270-kilowatt quick charger.
Trying forward, the lineup will develop with a single-motor, rear-wheel-drive variant that ought to ship extra driving vary. Are you questioning what the longer term holds for the fire-breathing RS6 Avant? So have been we; Audi informed us that, in concept, the PPE platform is modular sufficient to underpin a high-performance mannequin worthy of the RS badge, however nothing is official at this level. Equally, no choice has been made about an Allroad.
Just like the A6 E-Tron sedan, the Avant is already on its technique to manufacturing, and gross sales ought to begin earlier than the tip of 2023. Do not get too excited in case you like what you see, nevertheless: Audi confirmed that the wagon is not going to be offered in the US for a similar fundamental causes that only a few carmakers hassle bringing their long-roof fashions on our aspect of the pond. As for the present A6, you have not seen the final of it but.
“The present-generation A6 was launched in 2018, so it is a fairly younger automobile; it is nonetheless recent. And, after all, as soon as this era retires, we are going to nonetheless have an A6 member of the family powered by an inside combustion engine. It will not be constructed on the PPE platform, after all, however we can have a parallel supply of combustion-powered and electrical A6 automobiles,” an Audi spokesperson informed us.