Audi A6 E-Tron revealed as slinky electric Sportback with big range

Audi is taking the Auto Shanghai show by storm with the unveiling of an unexpected A6 E-Tron concept. Its name might suggest we’re dealing with a traditional sedan, but the sleek EV is a more practical liftback to mirror the company’s well-known A5 Sportback and A7 Sportback models equipped with combustion engines.

You know it’s a concept from its huge 22-inch wheels, cameras instead of conventional side mirrors, and no door handles. Other than that, it doesn’t look too far from what we would expect from a production-ready Sportback with purely electric propulsion. The attractive design is more than just for show as it’s also impressively aerodynamic, dropping the body’s drag coefficient to a mere 0.22.

Built on the Premium Performance Electric (PPE) architecture engineered by Audi and Porsche, the A6 E-Tron has approximately the same size as the A7 Sportback and comes with a large battery pack with a useable capacity of around 100 kWh. Mounted within the wheelbase, the battery offers more than 700 kilometers (435 miles) of range between charges, based on the WLTP test cycle.

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Audi has developed the concept to charge at 270 kW, resulting in a 5% to 80% charge in less than 25 minutes. If you’re in a hurry, 10 minutes of charge equate to more than 300 kilometers (186 miles) of range. Much like E-Tron GT sedan, Audi’s new electric concept benefits from the 800-volt charging technology we’ll be seeing more of in models more sophisticated than the MEB-based Q4 E-Tron.

Speaking of sophistication, the Quattro-equipped A6 E-Tron also has air suspension you’re not going to find on the electric SUV. Performance is not too shabby either, with the 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) taking less than four seconds. It’s possible by installing a pair of electric motors with a meaty 470 hp (350 kW) and 800 Nm (590 lb-ft).

The matrix LED headlights are cooler than they look as Audi has made them serve as projectors as well. As a matter of fact, there’s even a video game projected in front of the car on a wall and playable from a smartphone. At the back, digital OLED taillights – first seen in the facelifted Q5 crossover – now have tridimensional elements.

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The A6 E-Tron remains a concept for the time being, but Audi says it foreshadows production PPE-based coming from late 2022 when the Q6 E-Tron will be launched. Hopefully, it won’t take the company too long to reveal the concept’s interior as we only have exterior images for the time being.

Source: Audi

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