The beautiful production body looks similar to the concept.
Audi's all-electric e-tron lineup has expanded in recent years, now including the original e-tron SUV and e-tron Sportback, plus the e-tron GT sedan in standard an RS form. Later this year, the Q4 e-tron will add a more affordable entrant to the mix, and after that we should see a production version of the stunning A6 e-tron Concept that was revealed last year. The Audi A6 e-tron is expected to make its official debut in 2023 as a 2024 model year vehicle. But before that happens, we spotted it out testing for the first time.
Judging by these initial spy shots, the A6 e-tron will feature a split headlight design, similar to what Genesis puts on its vehicles. This is a surprising addition because the concept had a conventional headlight design, similar to other Audi models. Audi will reportedly put similar headlights on its upcoming Q6 e-tron SUV, so perhaps a design language shift is incoming.
There's also a chance this could be our first look at the top secret Project Artemus (also known internally as Learjet), an electric vehicle aimed squarely at outperforming Tesla in every metric. Our spy photographers seem to think it's the former rather than the latter based on the wheelbase, so let's move forward assuming this is the A6 e-tron.
We know this upcoming EV will ride on the new PPE platform, which will underpin various Audi and Porsche models. The platform will include a 100-kWh battery enabling a 700 km (435-mile) range, at least based on the predicted specifications from the concept. Two electric motors will combine to produce 469 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque, with 0-60 taking under four seconds.
We are happy to see the production version will more or less keep the design language from the stunning concept model. This includes a liftback trunk design, which oddly makes this feel more like an A7 e-tron than an A6. Audi didn't share any photos of interior and our photographers were way too far away to grab any shots during this encounter. We hope to see more of this car in the year leading up to its release.