Audi A6 Avant e-tron Concept Is a Spectacular All-Electric Wagon

This updated version of the A6 e-tron concept from last year may eventually make its way to the United States as a raised Allroad.

  • Audi's A6 Avant e-tron concept is a wagon-based version of the company's electric A6 concept from last year.
  • The A6 Avant e-tron will be built on Audi's new PPE platform and will be powered by two electric motors producing 469 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque.
  • Although the Avant is unlikely to make its way to the United States, we could see a lifted Allroad and possibly a sporty RS variant.

If you recall last year's Audi A6 e-tron concept, which previewed the company's mid-size sedan in an electric form, the A6 Avant e-tron concept revealed today will feel familiar. This stylish concept teases a wagon variant of the electric A6 due in 2024. It shares a lot of the design and technology with the first A6 e-tron concept, but the long roof makes it even more appealing to our eyes.

The A6 Avant e-tron is similar in length to the gasoline-powered A6 wagon — which is currently available in the United States as a lifted Allroad and a high-performance RS6 Avant — but it is wider and two inches lower than the beefy RS6. Audi claims a drag coefficient of only 0.24. The traditional Audi grille conceals air intakes for cooling the battery, motors, and brakes, as well as air curtains that channel air smoothly around the vehicle's side. In comparison to the A6 e-tron sedan, the rear diffuser features more prominent tunnels to aid in drag reduction.

The A6 e-tron and Avant will be built on the Volkswagen Group's scalable PPE platform, which will also serve as the foundation for an electric Porsche Macan and an Audi Q6 e-tron SUV. This new architecture features an 800-volt system and a charging capacity of up to 270 kilowatts. Audi claims that when connected to a fast charger, this will enable the electric A6 to gain approximately 186 miles of range in just ten minutes. Audi claims that the journey from 5% to 80% will take less than 25 minutes.

Audi expects the A6 Avant e-tron to have a range of up to 435 miles on the European WLTP test cycle. The A6 Avant e-tron, like the sedan, is powered by two electric motors producing a combined 469 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque. Audi claims that the fastest A6 Avant e-tron models will accelerate to 62 mph in less than four seconds, while even entry-level models will do so in less than seven seconds. The PPE architecture will support both single-motor rear-wheel drive and dual-motor all-wheel drive configurations. The car features air suspension and 22-inch wheels, as well as cameras in place of side-view mirrors, which are still illegal in the United States.

As with the sedan, the A6 Avant e-matrix tron's LED and OLED lighting technology allows for a variety of entertaining party tricks. Projectors integrated into the side of the vehicle greet passengers with messages projected onto the ground beside the vehicle, and they can also project practical messages such as a warning symbol to oncoming cyclists that the door is about to open. Audi claims that when the vehicle is parked, the projectors can display a video game on the vehicle's interior wall while the passengers play.

The concept represents approximately 95% of the production design, and when asked about the wagon's availability in the United States, Audi responded, "Never say never." The company hinted at future versions being "positioned a little bit higher," which most likely refers to the ride height and implies a future Allroad variant. Additionally, a high-performance RS model may be sold in the United States. When the A6 Avant e-tron is launched in 2024, it will be sold exclusively through Audi.

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