Update: ‘Design’ and ‘Audi A6 Avant e-tron RS’ section updated.
Audi has revealed its vision for a pure electric station wagon with the Audi A6 Avant e-tron show car. Like the A6 Sportback e-tron from last year, the A6 Avant e-tron is a near-production concept.
The Audi A6 Avant e-tron gets the overall design of the sedan version, but with subtle changes to the lights, grille inserts, and bumpers. The highlight is the long roof, which makes it a more practical car.
At the Audi Annual Media Conference 2022 on March 17, 2022, Oliver Hoffmann said that the A6 Avant e-tron’s design is close to production. Hoffmann is a member of Audi’s Board of Management responsible for Technical Development. Citing Audi designer Wolf Seebers, CAR magazine reported in April 2022 that the production version will be around 90% similar.
I’m as thrilled as you are about the Audi A6 Avant e-tron concept – a fantastic car, and it’s really super-close to the production version, as you saw in the video.Oliver Hoffmann, Member of the Board for Technical Development, Audi (Audi Annual Media Conference 2022 on March 17, 2022)
Compared to the ICE A6 Avant on sale today, the A6 Avant e-tron concept is much longer and lower. The car’s dynamically sloping roofline, the positive length, width, and height differences, and what seems to be a shorter front overhang make it sportier and noticeably more dramatic. The two generously-sized outlets of the striking rear diffuser complement the electric station wagon’s powerful stance. Finished in ‘Neptune Valley’ paint, the longer rear quarter glass and wider D-pillar suggest there’s ample cargo space behind the rear seats (A6 Avant: 565 liters/20.0 cu ft).
The Audi A6 Avant e-tron measures 4.96 meters in length, 1.96 meters in width, and 1.44 meters in height. Its drag coefficient is just 0.02 units above that of the A6 Sportback e-tron (0.22 Cd) – 0.24 Cd. Despite the similar dimensions to the current A6 Avant, expect the space levels in the electric version to be from a segment above.
|Dimension/Measurement||A6 Avant e-tron concept||Current Audi A6 Avant||Difference|
|Length||4.96 m (195.3 in.)||4.94 m (194.5 in.)||0.02 m (0.8 in.)|
|Width||1.96 m (77.2 in.)||1.89 m (74.4 in.)||0.07 m (2.4 in.)|
|Height||1.44 m (56.7 in.)||1.47 m (57.9 in.)||-0.03 m (-1.2 in.)|
Underpinning the A6 Avant e-tron concept is the PPE platform co-developed with Porsche. The electric station wagon has a five-link axle modified for EVs in the front and a multi-link axle in the rear. It features an air suspension with adaptive dampers.
The A6 Avant e-tron concept sports two motors, one mounted to the front axle and one mounted to the rear axle, generating a combined power of 350 kW (469 hp) and a combined torque of 800 Nm (590 lb.-ft.). The A6 Sportback e-tron concept can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in less than 7 seconds, and Audi says that the value of the Avant only deviates “slightly.”
The Audi A6 Avant e-tron boasts 800-volt charging technology. Its battery pack, which is a 100 kWh unit, can be charged with up to 270 kW. Just 10 minutes of DC fast-charging can deliver a range of more than 300 km (186 miles). DC fast-charging from 5 to 80% takes less than 25 minutes. Audi hasn’t disclosed the range achievable in the variant with a full charge yet. It has just said the A6 e-tron family models, depending on the selected drive system and power output, will have a range of up to 700 km (435 miles).
On April 4, 2022, Audi announced that the Audi A6 Avant e-tron concept will have its public debut at the eCarExpo that will take place in Solna (Stockholm), Sweden, from April 29, 2022, to May 1, 2022. That’s a good choice, as Swedes have a soft corner for station wagons and are also quickly adopting electric vehicles.
Moreover, the German automaker confirmed the launch of the production A6 Avant e-tron in the announcement. It noted that the series-produced car derived from the A6 Avant e-tron concept will arrive in 2024. The company plans to launch the Audi E6 sedan, the A6 e-tron concept’s production version, in 2023.
Now, will Audi introduce the electric station wagon in America? With the company already offering the A6 allroad quattro and RS 6 Avant in the country, we don’t see a reason why they should not.
Audi A6 Avant e-tron RS
It’s not hard to guess that a full-blown RS performance would be in the pipeline. Except that we’re not guessing. Hoffmann told Topgear on March 18, 2022, that when the brand presents the A6 e-tron, Audis will “also include some performance versions of it.”
Audi says that the “strongest representatives of the (A6 e-tron) series” will be “high-performance models” that take less than 4 seconds for a 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) sprint. Notice the plurality in the language here. It’s safe to assume that the company is talking about not one but two Audi RS 6 e-tron models, a Sportback coupe and an Avant station wagon.
Audi A6 marketing boss Niko Martens has suggested that the next-gen RS 6 may come in ICE and electric variants, with the latter possessing “an even sportier possibility,” as per the April 2022 CAR magazine report. The British publication expects the electric RS6 to sport an 800+ hp dual-motor powertrain and arrive in 2025.
The RS6 is presently sold only with the station-wagon (avant) body style, so Audi may lock-in the same format with the electric RS6.
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