Slinky, fashionable Audi A6 Avant e-tron previews future EV station wagon

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Audi A6 Avant e-tron concept front
Enlarge / Audi designers closed off the grille for higher aerodynamics with out eliminating the corporate’s trademark entrance finish. House owners can customise the daytime operating lights utilizing the matrix LED headlights.

Right now, Audi answered a query that many lovers have been asking for years—when will they be releasing an electrical station wagon? The corporate has an extended historical past producing lusty “Avant” fashions, and the model’s new electrical endeavors made such a automobile appear inevitable. However Audi has been mum on the subject—till now.

Right now, Audi unveiled the A6 Avant e-tron. Whereas this automobile could also be known as an idea, it strongly hints on the manufacturing model due in 2024. Audi designers stated the ultimate wagon received’t deviate a lot from what you see right here. And from our perspective, that’s not a nasty factor.

“I can promise you that loads of what you see now shall be out there on the highway,” stated Wolf Seebers, who led the automobile’s exterior design.

Audi has a long history of making stylish wagons, and this one is no exception.
Enlarge / Audi has an extended historical past of creating fashionable wagons, and this one is not any exception.

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Smooth, sensible EV

Like different EVs, the A6 Avant e-tron guarantees to be fast, reaching 60 mph in beneath 4 seconds because of twin motors that produce a mixed 350 kW (470 hp) and 800 Nm (590 lb-ft) of torque. A large battery of “round 100 kWh” will present 435 miles (700 km) of vary beneath optimistic WLTP testing in a extra environment friendly single-motor configuration. In real-world use, count on someplace simply north of 300 miles.

So whereas the automobile might not break the 400-mile barrier, Audi guarantees that recharging received’t sluggish issues down. The A6 Avant e-tron rides on the Volkswagen Group’s new PPE platform, which incorporates 800 volt electrical structure. Audi is promising 270 kW charging that may replenish about 40 % of the battery’s cost in about 10 minutes, whereas a fuller cost—from 5–80 %—ought to take beneath 25 minutes. Primarily based on the spectacular cost curve Audi achieved with the present e-tron SUV, a design that’s now almost 4 years previous, we’re inclined to imagine these figures.

Audi is using the new PPE platform for the A6 Avant e-tron, including its 800 volt electrical architecture.
Enlarge / Audi is utilizing the brand new PPE platform for the A6 Avant e-tron, together with its 800 volt electrical structure.

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The A6 Avant e-tron’s design attracts closely from the A6 e-tron idea that Audi debuted final yr, with an analogous black brushstroke alongside the edges which helps masks the peak of the doorways whereas hinting on the large battery slung beneath the passenger compartment.

The variations between the Sportback and Avant are extra obvious up high, in fact. There, the designers stretched the roof over a pair of bulging rear haunches that echo the unique e-tron SUV. The roofline is accented with skinny band of satin aluminum that arcs from the bottom of the A-pillar to a delicate spoiler on the high of the rear window. The Avant’s lengthy roof isn’t fairly as slippery because the Sportback model, however the brand new idea’s barely increased 0.24 Cd continues to be fairly good. Beneath, a rear diffuser accented in the identical aluminum echoes the detailing on the hot-rod RS 6 Avant.

The satin aluminum rear diffuser echoes that of the 190 mph RS 6 Avant.
Enlarge / The satin aluminum rear diffuser echoes that of the 190 mph RS 6 Avant.

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Up entrance, the designers closed off the trademark Audi grill however traced its define in black trim. Within the manufacturing model, that is most likely the place the assorted sensors that may energy its superior driver-assistances programs shall be hidden. When requested by Ars whether or not they’re planning any autonomous options for the manufacturing A6 Avant e-tron, Audi representatives wouldn’t commit, saying solely that they’ll have the “present state-of-the-art.”

The automobile’s skinny headlights are matrix LEDs that may possible permit for adaptive beams that may brightly illuminate the highway with out blinding oncoming visitors. Audi says that homeowners can customise the daytime operating lights to show a design of their alternative. Out again, the 3D-effect OLED taillights will also be personalized. As for different tech, Audi sadly didn’t give us a peek on the inside.

With the Avant next to the Sportback, you can see what changes give the car more interior space (and more style, if you ask me).
Enlarge / With the Avant subsequent to the Sportback, you may see what adjustments give the automobile extra inside area (and extra type, in case you ask me).

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Future wagons

For wagon lovers, current pickings have been slim. And for electrical wagon lovers, the alternatives are even slimmer. Just one is accessible immediately—the beautiful however costly Taycan Sport Turismo/Cross Turismo. The brand new Audi guarantees to double the sphere, and that discipline will stretch additional with Volkswagen’s forthcoming ID. Area Vizzion and two Volvos that the automaker just lately talked about in passing.

SUVs and crossovers have largely relegated wagons to a distinct segment market, however product marketer Nikolai Martens stated that “electrical mobility might help us reverse the SUV development, which wouldn’t be unhealthy once you have a look at the local weather.”

The Avant’s low profile and slippery form helps enhance the automobile’s vary, he added. “If I’ve a range-minded buyer, and if vary is admittedly necessary for me as a premium, then the Avant might be probably the most smart automobile in contrast with an SUV.”

The A6 Avant e-tron is nearly sure to hit European roads first, the place wagons are in increased demand. Audi wouldn’t decide to bringing it to the US, however “by no means say by no means,” Martens stated. “The Avant in its primary type is one which we don’t contemplate to be a automobile with a lot quantity in america. However the higher-position automobiles, just like the RS Avant or the Allroad, they’re actually automobiles that may work effectively in United States.”

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