New Audi A6 Avant e-tron concept previews hot electric estate

Audi unveils a bold new A6 Avant etron concept that previews an executive electric estate set to launch in 2024.

This stunning new machine is actually an estate version the A6 etron concept saloon, which was unveiled last year at Shanghai motor show. It kickstarts a new generation of EVs by the German company.

The A6 Avant etron production model will be built using Audi’s new Premium Platform Electric architecture (PPE), which was co-developed by Porsche. It will launch after the A6 saloon, and the Q6 etron SUV in 2023.

The J1 platform is shared with Porsche’s Taycan in the current etron GT. It retains the under-floor battery arrangement, but the PPE platform is relatively flat. This makes it ideal for SUVs with high ground clearance or vehicles with low-slung designs, such as the Audi A6 Avant.

A 100kWh battery will power the A6 Avant, allowing for up to 435 miles between charges. The new Avant can charge at speeds up to 270kW using 800-volt charging technology. The charge time for boosting the Audi’s battery to 5-80% is 25 minutes. Audi claims that this can add 186 miles in 10 minutes.

Audi claims that the battery back is spread across the PPE chassis. This allows for more space inside the cabin. It’s likely that it will offer similar dimensions as the A6.

Audi confirmed that the A6 Avant E-tron concept’s total power output is 350kW (469bhp), and 590 lb.ft from its dual electric motors. Audi stated that a single-motor version with less power is possible. This would be optimized for maximum consumption and maximum range.

Audi’s etron design language is maintained in the A6 Avant with a modified ‘Singleframe’ grille. The deep air intakes at bottom cool the brakes, battery, and drivetrain.

The A6 Avant E-tron measures 4960mm in length and 1440mm in width. It is slightly larger than the A6 Avant e–tron which is currently combustion-engined, but it is slightly wider. Audi has placed a lot of emphasis on aerodynamic efficiency. The rakish roofline and sleek body panels, low rear end and rear diffuser, as well as the low drag coefficient, result in a 0.24 drag coefficient, which should increase overall range.

The A6 Avant etron features the Digital LED Matrix headlights, which can also be seen on the saloon model. It also has new rear tail lights with OLED technology.

Audi’s LED light technology can be customized and includes a unique game that both the driver and passenger can play. Instead of using the small screen in the cockpit, passengers can project a video onto the car’s headlights when it is parked against a wall.