Spied: Audi A6 e-tron Is Jumping On The Split-Headlight Bandwagon

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The all-electric A6 e-tron has revealed its production headlights and taillights, among other things.

Our spy photographers in Europe are as busy as ever as the winter testing season gets underway, and the Audi A6 e-tron is the latest vehicle to be caught in their lenses. The A6 e-tron concept was revealed a little over 18 months ago, looking absolutely fantastic, and based on the latest images we've been sent of development mules, we can expect the production version to have a similar impact. We've spotted test cars before, but now we've been given our first clear look at the production headlights and taillights, which won't be quite the same as those on the concept but will look lovely nonetheless.

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While the A6 e-tron concept had LED DRLs and turn signals in one housing with a single projector underneath, these images reveal that the production model will go ahead with a full split design, not too dissimilar from the styling seen on another German luxury EV, the BMW i7.

At the rear, the concept's full-width LED tails and illuminated Audi rings appear to have been deleted, likely as a cost-saving measure. In their place, traditional lighting clusters have been fitted, but these are still blessed with intricate graphics. Since there is still so much camouflage, it's difficult to tell if an illuminated company logo will still feature, but we suspect that a regular badge will be fitted with Audi's new logo design.

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For some unknown reason, this test mule's rear hatch appears not to be properly closed, but this is likely just to allow some wiring to pass into the cabin as the engineers test the car with myriad cables and sensors hidden atop and beneath the body.

As for performance, Audi is keeping us very much in the dark, but the concept version promised a 0-62 mph time of under four seconds thanks to a pair of electric motors that produce a total of 469 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque. Audi has also predicted a maximum driving range of 435 miles. An RS version could come with even more power, but we'll have to wait to confirm anything. A reveal is not expected until the second quarter of next year.

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