Why Is This Audi A6 Forbidden In America?


The Audi A6 family has expanded in Europe, but not America.

Audi previewed its upcoming plug-in hybrid variants of the A6, A7, A8, and Q5 at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show earlier this year, and now we finally know the specifications of the A6 PHEV. But while BMW sells a plug-in hybrid version of the 5 Series in America, the A6 plug-in hybrid won't be available in America – at least not initially.

It's a shame because the diesel-powered A6 isn't sold in America either for buyers who want a more efficient powertrain option. All of Audi's new plug-in hybrids are badged as TFSI e models to distinguish them from Audi's all-electric e-tron range.


Powering the plug-in hybrid A6 is a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder gasoline engine and an electric motor integrated into the seven-speed S tronic transmission producing a combined 362 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. This setup enables the sedan to hit 0-62 mph in 5.6 seconds and hit a top speed of 155.3 mph. For comparison, the standard A6 will do the same sprint in 5.1 seconds. On pure electric power, it can reach a top speed of 83.9 mph.

The 14.1 kWh lithium-ion battery is stored at the back and delivers an electric range of up to 32.9 miles based on Europe's WLTP cycle. Customers can charge the Audi A6 55 TFSI e quattro at public charging stations up to an output of 7.4 kW, meaning it takes around two-a-half hours to fully recharge.

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Three driving modes are available including "EV" and "Hybrid," which are both self explanatory, while "Hold" conserves the electrical energy. To enhance the exterior, Audi is also offering an S line exterior package, black styling package, black exterior mirror housings and privacy glazing.

Matrix LED headlights, sport seats, four-zone automatic air conditioning, the Audi virtual cockpit, sport suspension, 19-inch wheels and red brake calipers are also included. In Germany, the Audi A6 55 TFSI e quattro starts at EUR 68,850 ($76,784).

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