Audi’s Tesla Mannequin S rival takes form

Audi’s A6 household is about to be expanded with an electrical member, and a prototype has simply been noticed.

The electrical variant is the A6 E-Tron which Audi first previewed in 2021 with a thinly veiled idea model. The automaker adopted up the unique idea with an A6 Avant E-Tron idea earlier this 12 months, hinting strongly that the A6 E-Tron will probably be provided in each sedan and wagon physique types (Avant is Audi’s identify for wagons).

The manufacturing A6 E-Tron is confirmed for launch in 2023, that means we’ll seemingly see it arrive at dealerships as a 2024 mannequin. It is going to compete in opposition to the Mercedes-Benz EQE sedan arriving for the 2023 mannequin 12 months, in addition to high-end variations of the Tesla Mannequin S hatchback.

As our spy pictures point out, the manufacturing A6 E-Tron will carefully resemble the gorgeous idea. The idea measured 195.3 inches in size, which is concerning the measurement of the internal-combustion powered A6, and we suspect the manufacturing model may even be this measurement.

There in fact will probably be some variations, like barely extra floor clearance, in addition to precise aspect mirrors as an alternative of the present automotive’s digicam stalks. The LED gentle bar that fashioned the taillights of the idea can be lacking right here, although we count on this to characteristic on the manufacturing mannequin.

You may discover that the headlights listed below are additionally fashioned from twin parts, the place the idea solely featured the skinny slits on the high that type the daytime working lights. The same design will characteristic on the associated Q6 E-Tron SUV due out later this 12 months.

Audi A6 E-Tron Concept - 2021 Shanghai auto show

Audi A6 E-Tron Idea – 2021 Shanghai auto present

Each the Q6 E-Tron and A6 E-Tron will probably be among the many first automobiles primarily based on Volkswagen Group’s PPE (Premium Platform Electrical) modular EV platform that was primarily developed by Audi and Porsche. The primary Porsche to journey on the platform will probably be an electrical Macan due in 2023.

Audi has confirmed that the A6 E-Tron will supply single-motor rear-wheel drive and dual-motor all-wheel-drive. Audi used a dual-motor setup within the idea, rated at 469 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque. The idea was additionally mentioned to be fitted with a 100-kilowatt-hour battery good for greater than 300 miles of vary and able to charging from 5-80% in lower than 25 minutes on account of 800-volt expertise. We might also see a high-performance RS 6 E-Tron with over 600 hp from the parents at Audi Sport.

Though Audi is about to launch the A6 E-Tron, the present internal-combustion mannequin will stick round for a couple of years nonetheless. Audi is planning a gentle replace to maintain the automotive contemporary alongside its new electrical sibling. Nonetheless, ranging from 2026 Audi will solely launch EVs.

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