This is due to change following the release of details about the Audi A6 Avant e-tron concept, which the company says is ‘production-oriented’ (the Audi A6 Sportback e-tron concept was unveiled back in 2021).
The Audi A6 Avant e-tron concept has a new platform. When car manufacturers talk about new platforms it all sounds very technical and boring. But the new base on which the Audi A6 Avant e-tron concept is built demonstrates how important a new platform can be. Developed with Porsche, the new architecture is called Premium Platform Electric (PPE).
In the A6 Avant e-tron concept it means that a large 100kW battery can be fitted within a long wheelbase, while keeping the car low to the ground. The battery delivers an electric driving range of up to 435 miles.
It also means that the car can utilise 800-volt technology, allowing it to use 270 kW ultra-rapid charging, resulting in the ability to add 186 miles of range in just 10 minutes. And a 5% to 80% charge can be achieved in less than 25 minutes.
The Audi A6 Avant e-tron concept has two electric motors, one on each axle, providing quattro all-wheel drive, and producing 350kW or 469PS of power and a huge 800Nm of torque.
In terms of the application of the new platform to other cars, it can be used in a variety of different-sized vehicles, from smaller B-sector high volume cars to larger D-sector luxury cars. The platform can also be used in saloons and estates such as the A6 Avant e-tron with a low ground clearance, as well as in SUVs.
The first Audi production vehicles built on the PPE platform will be unveiled from 2023.