Exciting new spy shots reveal Audi’s first ever all-electric wagon – A6 E-Tron Avant – in near production form. As Audi’s best-selling model globally, the electrified A6 lineup carries major significance for parent company VW Group’s EV strategy.
The leaked photos show an A6 E-Tron wearing camouflage in areas, but the overall shape and design is clear. Up front, we see hints of the wide, hexagonal grille flanked by angular air intakes. The profile displays a long, flowing roofline ending in a sharp D-pillar.
Audi’s core styling DNA is present, but modernized and optimized for an EV. Sleek cameras replace traditional side mirrors. Compared to the concept, the production version looks slightly toned down overall.
Power is expected to come from a 100 kWh battery pack feeding dual motors – the same setup Audi uses in the E-Tron GT. Combined output would be around 469 hp and 590 lb-ft torque enabling brisk acceleration. A single motor variant may follow later.
The A6 E-Tron will ride on VW Group’s Premium Platform Electric architecture that underpins upcoming EVs like the Porsche Macan. This flexible platform can accommodate multiple motor configurations and battery sizes.
Their first pure electric SUV built on Porsche’s cutting-edge PPE platform. Slated for release later this year, Q6 e-tron aims to electrify Audi’s SUV lineup with its sporty performance and ample 373 mile range. Both pack a 100 kWh battery and dual motor powertrain punched up with 800V fast-charging.
As Audi’s top seller globally, the A6 lineup plays an outsized role in VW Group’s finances. In 2022, over 190,000 A6 models were sold accounting for 12% of Audi revenue.
Electrifying the A6 is mission critical for VW Group given looming bans on ICE vehicles in key markets. This Avant wagon model caters to European buyers, while a sedan variant will appeal more to Chinese and American tastes.
With testing so far along, an official unveiling of the A6 E-Tron feels imminent this year, production version appears nearly ready to roll off assembly lines.
Audi is betting its most important model line on a successful transition to EVs. For the company and VW Group, the A6 E-Tron represents the future. If executed well, it could vault Audi to the forefront of the luxury EV race.