The Audi A6 Avant E-Tron Concept provides a preview of a stylish electric car that will join the previously teased liftback sedan. The brand plans to launch a production version of this long-roof model in 2024, according to Josef Schlossmacher, head of communications for products and technology. Audi says the vehicles that go into showrooms are very similar to what we see here.
The A6 Avant E-Tron concept is purely a look at what Audi has planned for the new vehicle’s exterior. The wagon has no interior, and the brand hasn’t provided any details about what the cabin will look like.
The front of the Avant E-Tron is familiar to Audi, but is different because of its electric powertrain. The brand’s Singleframe grille is now mostly enclosed, apart from the small L and U-shaped openings. Functional inlets at each corner create air curtains for improved aerodynamics.
The ultra-thin headlights allow owners to configure their own daylight markings, and Audi suggests this is a technology coming to production cars. At least in concept, the driver can pull over against a wall and use the headlights as a projector to play video games from the cockpit.
Viewed from the side, this wagon features a strip of aluminum that extends from the A-Pillars, roof sides, and rear spoiler. This element adds something of interest to the vehicle’s profile.
At the rear, the concept has a sharp angled hatchback. The full width taillights have 3d elements in them. The bottom has a prominent diffuser with oval-shaped vents underneath.
The Avant E-Tron has the same dimensions as the previous A6 Sportback E-Tron Concept. Both are 16.3 feet (4.96 meters) long, 6.4 feet (1.96 meters) wide and 4.7 feet (1.44 meters) high. The difference lies in the rear styling where the Avant has a more angled roof to make room for a larger cargo area. The result of this sleek look is a drag coefficient of 0.24, versus 0.22 for the Sportback.
The A6 Avant E-Tron Concept uses the Premium Platform Electric (PPE), which is also under the upcoming Q6 E-Tron crossover. It has an electric motor that rotates each axle to produce a total output of 469 horsepower (350 kilowatts) and 590 pound-feet (800 Newton-meters) of torque.
Audi didn’t reveal the exact battery capacity but put the figure at around 100 kilowatt-hours. The 800-volt, 270-kilowatt recharge capacity enables a 186-mile (300-kilometer) WLTP range in just 10 minutes. It takes less than 25 minutes to pick up packages from 5 to 80 percent.
Depending on the powertrain, the production A6 Avant E-Tron will be capable of reaching 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) in under seven seconds or as fast as “under four seconds” for the high-performance model, according to the company’s announcement. The rear-drive version of the electric A6 Avant will be able to cover a distance of 435 miles (700 kilometers) on a single charge.
It is not yet clear whether Audi intends to sell the production version of the A6 Avant E-Tron in the United States. When asked during a press conference leading up to the public debut, a brand executive said, “Never say never.” He hinted the regular model might not be coming to the US but indicated a future RS variant has a better chance of the company selling it in this market. For now, executives indicate there is no clear decision for the Allroad model.