EV concept brings the latest tech to Audi’s midsize model
A6-segment cars on PPE architecture to arrive late next year
Audi has just put a new A6 variant on display at Auto Shanghai 2021. It’s the A6 e-tron concept, an all-electric Sportback model that will ride on Audi’s all-new PPE electric architecture and is expected to arrive in 2022 with a range of more than 700 km.
Though it wears the A6 badge, the Audi A6 e-tron looks to be much more an electric replacement for the A7 Sportback. Like that car, it has a long, arching roof that comes down into a subtle and raked hatch opening. It also rides on the Audi Premium Platform Electric, which is shared with Porsche and offers solely electric drivelines.
The A6 e-tron is about the same size as the current A6 model, but new proportions thanks to the long electric wheelbase help make the car look longer, lower, and sleeker, with a much greater presence on the road. The car’s design has a drag coefficient of just .22, thanks to extensive wind tunnel testing and fine-tuning of the car’s details. Audi says the car looks like it was made from one mould, especially from the side, and we agree with them. It makes this e-tron look impressively solid.
New lighting includes slim digital matric LED headlights, there are also three high-resolution projectors on each side of the body, greeting the car occupants in their own language. More LED projectors handle the turn signals, able to be quickly changed to suit different markets. On the concept, the LED headlights can project a video game onto a wall, letting drivers play when parked.
800V charging tech means up to 270 kW charging and getting 300 km of range in 10 minutes. Audi says the estimated total range from the 100 kWh battery will be more than 700 kW, while drive comes from two electric motors delivering a combined 469 hp.
While the A6 e-tron is just a concept, Audi says its C-segment cars like the A6 will launch on the PPE platform starting in late 2022. Audi’s recent electric concepts have also come to market looking extremely close to their original intent, so the A6 e-tron could hit the market sometime next year