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Audi A6 e-tron Avant (2023): This is how an electric station wagon could come

The coming generation of the Audi A6 it will be for the first time fully electric give. With the A6 e-tron Concept, the Ingolstadt-based company is already showing what customers can look forward to around two years before the market launch. In order to meet with the broadest possible acceptance, the 350 kW (476 hp) strong study in a limousine guise. Given Audi’s reputation as a manufacturer of illustrious sports station wagons, an Avant would also offer itself, which would be well received on the home market.

Design: An A6 e-tron Avant would be more of a Shooting Brake than a station wagon

AUTO BILD created an A6 e-tron Avant on the computer. The A6 e-tron Concept is less sporty than the GT, but still pretty stocky. This impression is reinforced as Avant still. The continuous strip of lights with a modeled tear-off edge remains. Above it, however, a higher roof edge arches, which – at least in our sketch – almost Shooting brake moderately flat falls off. That takes up a bit of space, but it looks nicer. And the greatest plus in practicality comes not only from the loading height, but also from the foldable seats and open storage space. For the series we have given the combi roof rails, antenna, third brake light, rear window wiper and model designation on the trunk lid. The illuminated Audi logo has become four chrome rings. So the car doesn’t look any less good. On the contrary, the A6 e-tron is ideally suited to the standard trim and rear of the station wagon.
Audi A6 e-tron Avant

In addition to a larger load volume, a little more roof height and foldable seats would increase the practicality.


Drive: up to 700 kilometers range in the top model

The A6 e-tron will be based on the electric platform PPE (Premium Platform Electric), which was developed together with Porsche. 800 volt technology and charging capacities of up to 270 kW should guarantee suitability for travel. The top model should be up to 700 kilometers range lying in there. One electric motor each on the front and rear axles work together in the study 350 kW (476 PS) and 800 Nm torque. These figures would also look good on a corresponding Avant, especially since it would make traveling even more practical with more trunk space.
Audi A6 e-tron concept

According to Audi, the design of the A6 e-tron Concept already corresponds to a good 90 percent of the series status.


Price: around 10,000 euros cheaper than an e-tron GT

Audi has not yet said anything about an A6 e-tron Avant. If the e-tron is to replace its combustion engine colleagues in the long term, then a station wagon version is actually mandatory. Probably not even would Audi’s first electric station wagon, because the e-tron GT could be a more practical Sportback in the pipeline. Until you know more, you will have to be patient until the end of 2022. Then the series version of the A6 e-tron will be presented, the priced around 10,000 euros less than the e-tron GT, which costs almost 100,000 euros should lie. For a potential Avant that will probably not be shown before 2023, you would have to add around 2000 to 3000 euros.

RS 6 e-tron: top model could come with up to 646 hp

Autocar reports that the A6 e-tron Avant could also be available in an RS version. The strongest expansion stage of the model should therefore be presented shortly after the regular station wagon, which would then also be 2023. According to the report, however, it will no longer stand out so much from its tamer brother in terms of designas is the case with the current A6 and RS 6. That makes perfect sense, after all, the drag coefficient plays a major role in the design of electric cars. In the case of competitor Mercedes, this has already resulted in the EQS 53 remaining optically close to the less potent model. Audi could take over the drive from the RS e-tron GT, there two electric motors deliver 598 PS (440 kW) and 830 Nm, in overboast mode it is even 646 PS (475 kW) and 830 Nm for a short time.

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