The German automaker has unveiled the A6 Avant e-tron electric station wagon
Audi’s A6 Avant E-Tron electric station wagon is their latest EV concept. The reveal has been made in less than a year following the speculation that the German automaker was planning a battery-powered version of one of its most desired mid-size wagons. The A6 Avant e-tron will be the first electric station wagon offered in the United States and set to join the four-ring brand in 2023.
Similar in length to the gas-powered A6 wagon, the Audi A6 Avant E-Tron electric station wagon is wider than the hefty RS6 and two inches lower. Similar to the A6 e-tron sedan are the flattened LED headlights. Behind the Audi grille are the air intakes for cooling the battery, engine, and brakes, along with air curtains to channel air through to the side of the vehicle.
The rear diffuser has more pronounced tunnels to minimize lift when compared to the sedan variant. From its side, a strip of aluminum molding runs from the bottom of the A-pillar to the rear spoiler, spanning the roofline. Instead of side mirrors, the Audi A6 Avant e-tron incorporates cameras, though it’s a feature not yet legal in the United States. There’s also a beautiful OLED tail light featuring the four rings of the Audi logo.
Developed with Porsche, the A6 Avant e-tron electric station wagon sits on the new Premium Platform Electric (PPE) platform and consists of two electric motors. These dual motors provide a combined 469 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque, allowing the best A6 Avant e-trons to reach 60 mph in less than four seconds while the entry-level ones will achieve it in less than seven seconds.
The PPE features an 800-volt system with a charging capacity of up to 270 kilowatts. According to Audi, when connected to a fast charger the A6 Avant e-tron will gain about 186 miles of range in 10 minutes. Charging from 5% to 80% will take less than 25 minutes. With a 100.0-kWh battery, the company expects the production model of the A6 Avant e-tron electric station wagon to have a range of up to 435 miles on the European WLTP test cycle.
Similar to the A6 e-tron sedan, its station wagon variant will also include matrix LED and OLED lighting. Projectors in the body’s side can cast messages on the ground beside the vehicle, useful for greetings or even cautionary messages. Audi has even stated that when the car is parked, its projectors can cast video games onto a wall while the passengers play from within the car.
Like other performance wagons, the Audi A6 Avant e-tron electric station wagon most likely won’t make it to The States, but there’s still some hope from the German marque. Audi has stated “never say never” when asked about its availability in the U.S. The company also hinted that we’ll see versions “positioned a little bit higher,” which most likely refers to an all-road model in the near future. Fingers crossed.