Nature heals. Bearing hopes for a COVID-free future shone this week as legions of automotive journalists emerged from their pandemic quarantines and quickly crowded into the cozy confines of the biannual. . At the show, Audi provided its own preview of what is to come with the official debut of the new A6 e-tron concept vehicle.
Audi is no stranger to the luxury sedan market – in fact, they have been one of the best-selling segments of the company since the Audi 100s of the late 1960s. Nor is it the This Audi’s first attempt to electrify the A6 model itself, with the A6 Hybrid released in 2011 and its 2019 PHEV variant. This concept, however, is the first vehicle to sport an A6 badge and be fully electric.
The A6 sportback concept may look like a slightly less aggressive version of the RS e-tron GT’s body style, but the two vehicles are built on entirely different platforms, with the e-tron GT using the same J1 system as the Porsche Taycan and the A6 concept. based on Audi’s new PPE (“Premium Platform Electric”). On the other hand, this new concept has little in common with the A6 that preceded it beyond its exterior dimensions. For one thing, it has a ridiculously small drag coefficient of just 0.22, which is better than the Taycan but . On the other hand, it sports huge 22-inch rims that simply eclipse the dubs found on the e-tron GT.
Audi certainly hasn’t left anything out of its wishlist for the A6 e-tron concept. According to the company, future A6 electric vehicles could boast 350 kW of power from their two engines, a range of up to 700 km (450 miles) via their 100 kWh batteries and reaching 100 km / h. (62 MPH) to shutdown in less than four seconds. Like the e-Tron GT, the A6 Concept uses an 800V electrical architecture that is expected to deliver up to 270kW of charging current – compared to the paltry 125kW the Q4 can handle – which is enough to go from 5 to 80% capacity in 25 minutes. . Ten minutes on the juice is enough to charge another 300 km of autonomy. These are impressive numbers, admittedly, but there is no guarantee that what we see in these concepts will result in production.
As with the upcoming Q4 EV, the A6 will be equipped with digital matrix headlights and customizable digital OLED technology. Since this does not go directly into production, Audi has chosen to include a few more daring design features. For example, the sides of the vehicle will have built-in LED floodlights, “turning the ground beneath them into a scene when the doors are open,” according to a company press release, or at least letting passing cyclists know you. are about to open the door and get out of your car. Four other projectors are integrated in the corners of the vehicle to paint the ground in a lunimal way with turn signals. And if that weren’t enough, the concept’s headlights – if aimed at a flat vertical surface – will project images from the interior infotainment screen. The driver and passenger “will see the virtual landscapes of their respective games projected onto the wall in XXL format – and all through the Digital Matrix LED headlights,” according to Audi.
It’s not yet clear when a fully electrified A6 sportback might actually hit the streets, or what it will cost when it does.
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