AUDI have lately been titillating environmentally acutely aware govt varieties with thrilling all-electric idea variations of their next-gen A6.
The idea A6 Avant e-tron wagon unveiled on the German marque’s Annual Media Convention final month builds upon the optimistic buzz of the idea A6 e-tron saloon first teased at Auto Shanghai 2021 – and, with new A6 e-tron manufacturing prototypes which carefully resemble the latter having already been noticed ‘within the wild’, it appears probably that Audi can even quickly be bringing its first ever pure electrical property automotive to market in a lot the identical method.
Certainly, the A6 Avant e-tron idea gives additional hope that producers might proceed to supply non-SUV choices for motorists requiring a bit of additional room for transporting household/possessions/pets in consolation and elegance.
Each idea A6 e-trons are based mostly on the modular Premium Platform Electrical (PPE) Audi have co-developed with Porsche, additionally the premise for the forthcoming Q6 e-tron SUV and Porsche Macan EV manufacturing vehicles.
The A6 Avant e-tron idea is an enormous car – at 5 metres lengthy and two metres large, it actually will not be getting bullied by any SUVs within the carpark – however a sexy one at that. The pictures we have seen scream ‘premium longroof GT’, with large 23-inch alloys, easy slippery traces and aggressive styling at each ends.
On the entrance, the A6 Avant e-tron idea will get an illuminated Audi brand above a blanked-out Singleframe grille that is flanked by boxy useful air intakes (for brake cooling) and slim-line energetic matrix LED headlights.
Across the again, the rear finish takes its cues from the present RS6 Avant with a decrease rear diffuser which, mockingly, appears prefer it needs to be housing twin jet exhausts – although in fact it really channels airflow underneath the automotive to cut back turbulence.
There’s additionally a snazzy full-width OLED brakelight bar, whereas a roof spoiler sits atop the sloping rear hatch glass. The visibility by way of that does not seem to be it will be nice: nonetheless, little question there will probably be an HD rear-view digital camera to depend on, on condition that the automotive’s wing mirrors are additionally cameras.
The wagon’s higher bodyline is raked barely upwards from entrance to again, whereas the roofline tapers off in direction of the rear, giving it an air of being poised for motion even when at a stand-still. Distinction-coloured trim inserts alongside the decrease doorways spotlight mid-line physique sculpting to interrupt up any potential ‘slab-sided’ impact.
Additionally on that entrance, Audi wax poetic/Teutonic of their press launch about how the idea A6 Avant e-tron’s “sporty silhouette is emphasised by its heat shade of gray referred to as Neptune Valley: whereas the paint has a contemporary, understated look when it’s within the shadows, its full impact opens up within the solar, draping it in shades of softly iridescent gold with its impact pigments.” Effectively, fairly.
The A6 e-tron idea vehicles additionally come geared up with get together tips like with the ability to undertaking video video games onto close by partitions by way of the headlights, which can be customised to show quite a lot of 3D patterns and graphics together with the tail-lights. There are additionally projectors positioned across the automotive which might undertaking graphics/messages/warnings onto the bottom for the good thing about different motorists/pedestrians/cyclists.
Below the bonnet/boot flooring, a dual-motor set-up for Quattro all-wheel drive will supply 469bhp and 590ft lb of torque, delivering a 0-62 in underneath 4 seconds – although apparently, ought to the A6 e-trons really go into manufacturing, there can even be a much less highly effective/barely extra inexpensive single-motor choice providing a nonetheless respectable 0-62mph time of underneath seven seconds, plus longer driving vary.
On that entrance, the A6 e-tron ideas come geared up with a 100kWh battery positioned within the floorpan between the axles. Along with giving the vehicles a low centre of gravity and maximising the quantity of inside area accessible for passengers and cargo, the low-slung excessive capability battery will present roughly 435 miles of vary and utilises Audi’s 800v battery structure, providing as much as 270kW of charging: this could permit drivers to prime as much as round 186-miles of vary in simply 10 minutes when linked to an influence supply on the most charge of charging.
The electrical A6s get Audi air suspension with adaptive dampers as commonplace. The entrance wheels are linked through a five-link axle optimised for electrical autos, with a multi-link axle within the rear.
Audi e-tron GT inside
Inside clever, particulars are scarce – although you would need to assume tech and luxury ranges have to be on a par with Audi’s significantly well-appointed e-tron GT.
? Effectively in fact you’re: and the excellent news is that an A6 e-tron is at the moment anticipated to launch subsequent 12 months alongside the subsequent gen of the combustion powered A6, that means that there is a actual chance that an A6 e-tron Avant can even seem shortly thereafter.
After all, given the present manufacturing delays already plaguing producers in the meanwhile, it will most likely be clever to not maintain your breath when you wait…