Audi has reimagined the future of the traditional station wagon with a new concept: the A6 Avant e-tron
As part of the 2022 Annual Media Conference, the brand has presented what a future all-electric A6 could look like. Dubbed the A6 Avant e-tron, the new wagon concept is based upon the upcoming PPE (Premium Platform Electric) platform.
Measuring in at 4960mm long, 1960mm wide and 1440mm tall, the A6 Avant e-tron interestingly has the same dimensions as the A6 Sportback e-tron.
Audi claims that this concept will be able to travel 700km (WLTP) on a single charge, as well as offering 800-volt charging technology.
A 100kWh battery pack provides power to two electric motors that deliver a total system outputs of 350kW/800Nm – enough to propel the Avant e-tron from 0-100km/h in less than seven seconds in entry-level models.
For a performance variant, this 0-100km/h time will drop to under four seconds, says Audi – meaning RS6-rivalling accelerative thrust.
Audi has spent considerable time fine-tuning the shape of the A6 Avant e-tron concept in wind tunnels to make it as aerodynamic as possible.
The German manufacturer believes the use of large 22-inch wheels, a dynamic roof arch and short overhangs gives the Avant the feeling of being a sports car.
Audi says that a lack of hard edges on the Avant also gives it a feeling of being made from a single mould, especially when viewed from the side.
LED lighting has been prioritised with this concept both as an aesthetic function as well as a safety function.
For example, three small LED projectors transmit greeting messages onto the floor near the doors. These also display warning indicators to warn cyclists or motorbike riders that the door may be about to open.
Another four LED projections generate turn-signal indicators at each corner of the vehicle, again projecting onto the ground nearby.
The digital Matrix LED headlights, while stationary, can transmit video games or movies onto a wall in front to provide big-screen entertainment for those in the car.
Audi has said that the first production vehicles to be built on the PPE platform will be unveiled in 2023.
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