Wagons. You either love them or hate them, but when they look as slick and smooth and futuristic as the Audi A6 Avant e-tron Concept, there's no way hate can even be a thing. Of course, the Audi A6 Avant e-tron concept is just that for now, a concept car, but knowing Audi the likelihood of the final production version of the car won't be too dissimilar from this concept version.
The Audi A6 Avant e-tron concept is a fully electric creation that's been packed with digital innovations and a powerful electric powerplant wrapped up in a dynamic design package using Audi's forward-looking PPE platform as seen on the A6 Sportback e-tron. This means it's quite sizeable, the Audi A6 Avant e-tron concept measures in with a total length of 4.96-meters (16.3 ft.) while it sports a width of 1.96 metres (6.4 ft.) and a height of 1.44 metres (4.7 ft.).
“With the Audi A6 Avant e-tron concept, we are offering a completely tangible look at future production models on our new PPE technology platform,” says Audi Board Member for Technical Development Oliver Hoffmann. “We’re not just electrifying the Avant’s successful 45-year history. What we want most of all is to use technical skill to add an exclamation point. In particular, this includes powerful 800 volt technology, 270 kW of charging capacity, and a WLTP range of up to 700 kilometres (435 miles).”
Sporting the Avant nomenclature, this Audi A6 Avant e-tron concept slots into the Audi range of business-class cars. Audi has had Avant models in the series since 1977, so the world has expected a worthy replacement to take this range of wagons into the future. You've probably wondered where the Avant name comes from, and its origins are actually quite simple. Avant is taken from the phrase 'avant garde" that was successfully used in Audi ad slogan back in 1995. While the word Avant is usually associated with Audi, many many out there simply use it to describe a beautiful station wagon.
The Audi A6 Avant e-tron concept will be able to cover up to 700 kilometres (435 miles) of range (depending on drive system and model variant) while being able to hit the magical 100km/h mark in under four seconds. This isn't even an RS model and it will have supercar performance! Also, thanks to its 800 volt system and a charging capacity of up to 270 kW, it can take in enough energy in just 10 minutes at a fast-charging station to drive about 300 kilometres (186 miles). The Audi A6 Avant e-tron concept’s dual electric motors can deliver 350kW (470hp) of total output with a healthy 800 Newton metres of torque.
The Audi A6 Avant e-tron concept's sleek silhouette is emphasised by that warm shade of grey paint that goes by the name Neptune Valley. While it looks understated in the shadows, when it hits the sunlight the full effect opens up to show an Avant covered in shades of soft iridescent gold with its effect pigments. Even the paint is futuristic on the Audi A6 Avant e-tron concept. The Audi Premium Platform Electric, or PPE for short, is a modular system being developed under Audi’s leadership together with Porsche AG, so you know there's big things coming. The first Audi production vehicles built on the PPE platform will be successively unveiled starting in 2023. We'll be waiting...
Take a look at the YouTube video featuring the slick new Audi A6 Avante e-tron concept below: Form and function | The Audi A6 Avant e-tron concept
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