Audi’s A6 family is set to grow to include an electric member, and a prototype has just been spotted.
The electric variant is the A6 E-Tron, which Audi first presented in 2021 with a thinly veiled concept version. The automaker followed the original concept with a Concept A6 Avant E-Tron earlier this year, strongly suggesting that the A6 E-Tron will be offered in sedan and wagon body styles (Avant is Audi’s name for wagons).
The A6 E-Tron production launch is confirmed in 2023, which means we’ll likely see it hit dealerships as a 2024 model. It will compete with the Mercedes-Benz EQE sedan which arrived for the 2023 model year, as well as premium versions of the Tesla Model S sedan.
As the spy photos and video indicate, the production A6 E-Tron will closely resemble the stunning concept. The concept measured 195.3 inches in length, which is about the size of the internal combustion A6, and we suspect the production version will be that size as well.
There will of course be some differences, such as a slightly higher ground clearance, as well as real side mirrors instead of the show car’s camera rods. The LED light bar that formed the concept’s taillights is also missing here, though we’d expect it to feature on the production model.
You’ll notice that the headlights here are also formed from twin elements, where the concept only had thin slits at the top that formed the daytime running lights. A similar design will appear on the Q6 E-Tron SUV whose launch has been postponed until next year.
Audi A6 E-Tron Concept – Shanghai Auto Show 2021
The Q6 E-Tron and A6 E-Tron will be among the first vehicles based on Volkswagen Group technology. PPE Modular EV Platform which was mainly developed by Audi and Porsche. The first Porsche to drive on the platform will be the Electric macan whose launch has been postponed to 2024.
Audi has confirmed that the A6 E-Tron will offer both single-motor rear-wheel-drive and dual-motor all-wheel-drive powertrains. Audi used a twin-motor setup in the concept, rated at 469 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque. Audi also said the concept comes with a 100kWh battery that has a range of over 300 miles and can charge from 5% to 80% in less than 25 minutes using 800-volt technology. You can also see a RS 6 E-Tron high performance with over 600 hp from the folks at Audi Sport.
Even though Audi is about to launch the A6 E-Tron, the current internal combustion model will stick around for a few years. Audi is plan a slight update to keep the car cool alongside its new electric sibling. However, from 2026 Audi will only launch electric vehicles.