Audi A6 Avant e-tron Proves Electric SUVs Are Overrated

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This new wagon is the all-electric storage champ that's better than a crossover.

The 2024 Audi A6 e-tron Concept debuted last year sporting a beautiful liftback sedan that prints more A7 than A6. Audi promised a 100-kWh battery, 435-mile range, and 0-60 in under four seconds. Almost immediately after Audi showed off that concept, rumors emerged it could spawn a more practical Avant (wagon) variant. It turns out those rumors were true, so say "guten tag" to the marvelous Audi A6 Avant e-tron concept.

Built as a production-oriented concept, the A6 Avant e-tron previews the second all-electric model in the A6 family. Sitting at 195.6 inches long, 76.8 inches wide, and 56.4 inches high, this concept is just over an inch shorter, two-tenths of an inch narrower, and 2.6 inches lower than the gas-powered Audi RS6 Avant. No wonder why it looks so beautiful; the dimensions are outstanding.

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Audi wouldn't outright confirm if this concept will ever arrive in the United States, simply telling CarBuzz to "never say never." But whether it comes stateside or not, the company is adamant that elements from this concept will make it on production vehicles.

"With the Audi A6 Avant e-tron concept, we are offering a completely tangible look at future production models on our new PPE technology platform," says Audi Board Member for Technical Development Oliver Hoffmann. "We're not just electrifying the Avant's successful 45-year history. What we want most of all is to use technical skill to add an exclamation point. In particular, this includes powerful 800 volt technology, 270 kW of charging capacity, and a WLTP range of up to 700 kilometers (435 miles)."

Audi says the 800 volt charging architecture will allow the car to recoup more than 300 kilometers (186 miles) of range in just 10 minutes. In less than 25 minutes, the 100 kWh battery will charge from five to 80 percent. As a note, Audi's estimated 435-mile range is on the WLPT cycle, which equates to around 305 miles on the EPA cycle.

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That new PPE (Premium Platform Electric) platform will also underpin the upcoming Q6 e-tron SUV and several Porsche models, including the electric Macan. Audi says the car's dual electric motors combine to produce 469 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque yielding a sub-four-second 0-62 mph time, or under seven seconds in the lower trim models. An electric RS model with over 600 hp could follow. Underneath, the concept uses a five-link front axle specially and a multi-link axle in the rear. Like other Audi models of this size, the A6 Avant e-tron also gets air suspension with adaptive dampers.

There are no photos showing the interior, though we suspect this car will debut some kind of radical new screen setup for the Audi brand. This being an Avant (what Audi calls a beautiful station wagon), it should have a much larger cargo capacity than the standard A6 e-tron with its A7-style liftback plus some storage under the front hood.

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We are excited to see how Audi applies the design elements from this concept into its production vehicles. The wind tunnel-inspired proportions are perfect, yielding a drag coefficient of just 0.22, improving range and performance. Other details like the massive 22-inch wheels, short front and rear overhangs, and lack of hard edges give it a luxurious sports car demeanor. We particularly love the Digital Matrix LED and digital OLED technology, which will allow owners to customize their own light signatures.

Each side of the body has three high-resolution LED projectors that can act as puddle lights or display warning messages on the ground (for example, alerting a cyclist that the door is about to open). With the latest changes to the US NHTSA lightning regulations, these incredible lights may finally be allowed here.

Perhaps if customers demand it, Audi will bring this amazing wagon (and its high-tech lights) to the US in production form.

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