Audi has unveiled the A6 e-tron concept at the ongoing Auto Shanghai 2021 motor show. With the unveiling of the Audi A6 e-tron concept, the company also provided information on its medium-term product line-up plans.
Major models such as the next-generation A4, Q5, and A8 models will have a fully-electric variant and be built on a modular platform called Premium Platform Electric or PPE.
Similar to other automakers EV platform, the PPE, which is jointly developed with Porsche, allow various configurations of motor quantities and battery sizes paired with different body types for efficient vehicle construction.
Audi says the Audi A6 e-tron concept exterior model making its debut in Shanghai is far more than just a simple design exercise. Its body is a foretaste of Audi’s future production models and provides clear indications of just how dynamic and elegant the premium electric-powered models from the brand with the four rings will look.
Only key technical information is available on the A6 e-tron concept. Underneath the 4.96-meter long sportback body style is a 100-kWh battery that will ensure a range of more than 700 kilometres (WLTP standard). A major contributor could be the low aerodynamic drag value, where Audi claims to have achieved a value of 0.22, the lowest in the segment (electrified).
A dual-motor setup on the PPE platform provides the quattro all-wheel drive traction synonymous with the Audi brand. In total, 476 hp and 800 Nm of torque are transmitted to all four wheels. Benchmark century sprint is targeted to be completed in under four seconds, with lesser variants with a single motor promising a time of under seven seconds.
The 800-volt technology onboard enables extremely fast charging; it takes no more than 10 minutes to recharge enough energy for 300 km. The car will be produced in both Europe and China.
A very interesting and fun aspect of this new A6 e-tron concept is the headlamps. The latest lighting technology in the Digital Matrix LED allow the headlamps to project video games on to the wall, so that occupants can keep themselves entertained while they charge the car.
Audi will start producing the A6 e-tron from the second half of next year with the smaller but volume-seller A4 slated later and a limousine the size of the A8 next in line. As mentioned earlier, all-new fully electric Audi models, both sedans as well as SUVs body types, will be built on the scalable PPE platform.
The current portfolio of fully electric Audi vehicles consists of the Audi e-tron, e-tron Sportback, the flagship e-ton GT, and the very recently unveiled Q4 e-tron and Q4 e-tron Sportback. The Q4 e-tron shares more in common with Volkswagen Group’s MEB platform that also forms the basis of the Volkswagen ID.4 model.