This Is Our First Up-Close Look At The Audi A6 e-tron

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The design differs from last year's stunning concept in a few aspects.

Around the middle of last year, Audi revealed the A6 e-tron Concept with spectacular styling and impressive range before teasing that a station wagon version would be coming. That materialized, so to speak, last month when the A6 Avant e-tron Concept was unveiled. But with so many concepts in the works, is there any work being done on a production-spec model that we can all hope to buy? Well, we got our first look at development prototypes last month too, and now we have new imagery captured from both Sweden and Germany, the latter images being captured at the infamous Nurburgring.

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As the images make evident, the Audi A6 e-tron won't be following the styling of the concepts to the letter. Instead, it will adopt a split headlight design as favored by the likes of Hyundai, Kia, and, more recently, even BMW. We wonder if Mercedes will follow suit eventually, but for now, back to the Audi A6 e-tron. It seems that, like other e-tron models, the front bumper will integrate a sort of air curtain on either side that will likely feed cool air to the brakes, but besides these openings and the lower center grille, the front will be very smooth and sleek. The same theme continues in the profile with flush-fitting door handles.

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At the back, we see that Audi is still in the early stages of testing these prototypes since there is still cabling running from inside the cabin to somewhere beneath the trunk floor. The pre-production taillights are also visible. More important than the styling is the fact that our spy photographers captured a different prototype being hammered around Germany's Nurburgring, suggesting that this heavy EV will be well-tuned to handle body roll and will be decent to drive.

The shots captured at the infamous track have also afforded us a first glimpse at the new cabin with its central infotainment display, but since most of the interior is bedecked in its own camo, we'll have to wait for more images before we can see how it will be laid out and styled. As for when it will be revealed, we wouldn't hold our breath for a debut before next year.

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