We expect the A6 e-tron electric car from 2023

We expect the A6 e-tron electric car from 2023

Jul 26, 2021, 7:16:27 PM Tech and Science

The Audi A6 e-tron electric car will arrive in 2023, and electric equivalents of the A4 and A5 Sportback on a PPE basis will be seen from 2024.


The Audi A6 e-tron electric car is slightly longer and lower than the current A6. This helps the air resistance and, therefore, consumption and vehicle range. In addition, the A6 e-tron is fitted with air suspension as standard, which lowers the body at higher speeds and thus further reduces air resistance. Audi also added great importance to aerodynamics. The drag coefficient of 0.22 shows the shape of the A6 E-Tron as not quite as smooth as that of the new record holder Mercedes EQS, which should reach 0.20.

The Audi A6 e-tron has the narrowest Audi headlights to date. The 22-inch wheels emphasize the short overhangs and the flat passenger cabin. The wheel arches make the body look even more expansive. The battery area above the side sill, emphasized by a black insert, connects them. The drag coefficient is helped by the camera-based virtual exterior mirrors familiar from the E-Tron, the high spoiler lip at the rear and the effectively developed diffuser underneath.


Thanks to LED digital matrix and OLEDs, slim headlights and taillights can display customizable light signatures. Three high-resolution LED projectors are integrated on each side of the vehicle, which greets the passengers with dynamic light displays on the floor when the doors are opened - in their respective languages. The high-resolution projectors also generate warning symbols on the floor - for example, to warn a cyclist before opening the vehicle door. Four additional LED projectors in the corners of the vehicle generate turn signal projections.


The headlights have turned the Digital Matrix Light, which debuted with the Audi e-tron Sportback, into a gimmick: if the Audi A6 E-Tron Concept is standing in front of a wall during a charging break, for example, the driver and passengers can while away the time with a video game projected onto it. Instead of a small screen in the cockpit, they see the virtual scenes of their game projected onto the wall in a giant format. The players can stand next to or directly in front of the vehicle to see the game, which is several meters wide, exceptionally well. The game itself is commanded via the smartphone - the Audi designers devised and developed it mainly for the show car.


Games of light are also top-rated in the back: digital OLED elements function as a display in the continuous strip of lights. They, too, can represent customizable variations of digital light signatures and dynamic lighting scenarios that can be adapted for the buyer.


Like the design, the technology of the study also gives a very specific outlook on the production car. The battery should find space for 100 kWh in the wide PPE platform. The entry-level variant should get by with a permanently excited synchronous machine at the rear - so Audi finally has an A6 with rear-wheel drive. Even such a basic version should accelerate to 100 km / h in less than seven seconds.


However, an A6 e-tron quattro has a second motor on the front axle and thus quickly adjustable all-wheel drive. Audi promises a system output of 350 kW (476 hp) and a maximum torque of 800 Nm, typical of the electric car from the lowest engine speeds with the front asynchronous machine. This power should allow the A6 e-tron to speed to 100 km/h in under four seconds. We have heard from suppliers that the Audi group is also working on achieving a total output of up to 1000 kW with the PPE thanks to up to four electric motors - far beyond what the RS6 and RS7 can. 


The Audi A6 e-tron electric car should be able to charge quickly from the start. Like the Porsche Taycan, the batteries of the PPE operate with 800 volts. This technology enables 270 kW charging power. According to Audi, the charge level of the approximately 100 kWh battery can be increased from 5 to 80 % in less than 25 minutes. Perhaps more importantly: just ten minutes should be enough to assimilate energy for a distance of more than 300 kilometres. With a full charge, Audi calculates 700 kilometres according to WLTP.


In terms of price, the A6 e-tron will have to be based on its combustion counterparts. The A6 e-tron models with the entry-level performance around 330 hp cost at least around 60,000 euros. The Audi S6 with 350 hp diesel costs 75,000 euros; an Audi RS6 (Avant) is on the price list for more than 116,000 euros. The Audi A6 e-tron electric car with its 476 hp should also stay well below that price.

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