Quick facts: 476 metric hp, 700+ km range, 270 kW fast-charging
Audi has revealed the A6 e-tron concept, the first model to be built on the new Premium Platform Electric (PPE) which was jointly developed with Porsche. The production model is expected to debut sometime in 2022.
Audi is showcasing only the exterior of the concept, especially highlighting its lighting and the Sportback silhouette. The dimensions are similar to the current A6, measuring 4.96 metre long, 1.96 metre wide and 1.44 metre high. As for styling, the front fascia is dominated by a massive closed-off grille, flanked by rather large intakes. The slim headlights are Digital Matrix LEDs with multiple rows of individual LEDs, enabling the users to customize their own variations of light signatures. The side profile looks clean and muscular; notice that the door handles are not visible. At the rear, the taillights are OLEDs that perform some cool animations.
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In addition, four high-resolution LED projectors are inconspicuously integrated into the corners of the vehicle to generate turn signals. The design of these projections can be modified depending on the markets and legal requirements. There are few more LED projectors on the side of the vehicle to display lighting effects to greet the occupants with messages in their own language. These projectors can also display warning symbols onto the ground — to warn a biker that the car door is about to open, for example. Also, the Digital Matrix LED headlights can project a video game onto the wall in XXL format, which Audi says can be useful during a break to recharge the battery.
The A6 e-tron concept rides on air suspension with adaptive dampers. The wheels measure 22-inches. The car’s drag coefficient is claimed to be 0.22 Cd.
The interior of the concept is not yet ready, but a sketch reveals what to expect. The dashboard design appears to be clean and minimal, featuring four displays in total. The displays at the corners are for the exterior cameras that replace the traditional wing mirrors.
As for the technical bits, the A6 e-tron concept boasts 800-volt architecture that supports recharging the 100 kWh battery pack with up to 270 kW at fast-charging stations. Audi claims less than 25 minutes to recharge the battery pack from 5 to 80%. The concept’s two electric motors are estimated to deliver a combined power output of 350 kW (476 metric hp) and 800 Nm (590 lb-ft) of torque. Audi claims a range of over 700 km (435 mi), depending on the variant.