The A6 product range from Audi is set to grow with the introduction of an electric model, as a test prototype has recently been observed.
This new addition is the A6 E-Tron, which Audi initially presented in 2021 as a concept that was not far from production readiness.
Following the debut concept, Audi revealed a concept for the A6 Avant E-Tron last year, and test vehicles for this station wagon model have been seen as well. Audi applies the term ‘Avant’ for its station wagon lineup.
The launch of the A6 E-Tron was slated for 2023, but the release has been postponed, a common trend among several Volkswagen Group electric vehicles (EVs). Its market introduction is now anticipated for 2024, designated as a 2025 model in the United States. It aims to rival the Mercedes-Benz EQE sedan, which debuted for the 2023 model year, and the premium versions of Tesla’s Model S hatchback.
Evidence from spy photography and footage suggests the production version of the A6 E-Tron will be a close reflection of the original striking concept. The length of the concept vehicle was 195.3 inches, matching that of the present gasoline A6, and the production car is expected to retain these dimensions.
Naturally, the production version will see certain alterations, such as a slight increase in ground clearance and the substitution of the concept’s camera stalks with conventional side mirrors. The LED light strip serving as the concept’s rear lights is currently concealed under camouflage.
The prototype showcases a dual-element design for the headlights, diverging from the concept’s sleek upper slits that acted as daytime running lights. This design will also be employed in the upcoming Q6 E-Tron SUV, which is due to be released soon.
Both the Q6 E-Tron and the A6 E-Tron are set to be among the initial batch of vehicles built on the Volkswagen Group’s PPE modular EV platform, co-developed by Audi and Porsche. Porsche’s first vehicle on this platform will be the electric Macan, which has also experienced a launch delay until early 2024.
Audi has announced that the A6 E-Tron will be available with both single-motor rear-wheel drive and dual-motor all-wheel-drive configurations. The concept featured a dual-motor system with an output of 469 horsepower. The concept also boasted a 100-kWh battery, projected to deliver over 300 miles of range and support rapid charging from 5 to 80 percent in under 25 minutes, courtesy of 800-volt technology. Audi is also planning an athletic S6 E-Tron version and, potentially, a high-performance RS 6 E-Tron variant from Audi Sport.
Despite the imminent release of the A6 E-Tron, Audi will continue to offer the existing gasoline-powered version, likely under an A7 moniker. Audi is preparing to adopt a new naming scheme where electric models will carry even numbers and those with internal combustion engines will feature odd numbers.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Audi A6 E-Tron electric
What is the expected release year for the Audi A6 E-Tron?
The Audi A6 E-Tron is expected to be released in 2024 as a 2025 model in the United States.
Will the Audi A6 E-Tron have different powertrain options?
Yes, the Audi A6 E-Tron will offer both single-motor rear-wheel drive and dual-motor all-wheel-drive powertrains.
How does the prototype of the Audi A6 E-Tron compare to the original concept?
The prototype of the Audi A6 E-Tron closely resembles the concept but includes some changes such as increased ground clearance and actual side mirrors instead of camera stalks.
What is the anticipated range and charging capability of the A6 E-Tron?
The A6 E-Tron is expected to have a 100-kWh battery with over 300 miles of range and can charge from 5-80% in less than 25 minutes using 800-volt technology.
Are there any high-performance models planned for the A6 E-Tron lineup?
Yes, Audi is planning to release a sporty S6 E-Tron model and there may be a high-performance RS 6 E-Tron variant in the future.
Will Audi discontinue the gas-powered A6 after the launch of the A6 E-Tron?
No, the gas-powered A6 is expected to remain for a few years with a possible rebranding as the A7, due to Audi’s new naming strategy differentiating electric and internal combustion models.
More about Audi A6 E-Tron electric
- Audi A6 E-Tron Concept Reveal
- Audi A6 Avant E-Tron Concept Introduction
- Overview of the Volkswagen Group’s PPE Platform
- 2025 Audi A6 E-Tron Prototype Spy Shots
- Comparison with Mercedes-Benz EQE and Tesla Model S
- Audi’s Electrification Strategy and New Naming Scheme