The Audi A6 E-Tron electric sedan is in development on some scenic mountain roads. This test video gives a close-up look at the upcoming EV.
The production-spec A6 E-Tron bears a strong resemblance to the four-door concept. There are minor tweaks like increasing the size of the bottom of the split headlights. Corner inlets are less prominent on the road-going version. The trapezoidal opening in the middle of the lower fascia is larger.
Development engineers seem to be tormenting testing the brakes during a portion of this video. The A6 E-Tron flashed the emergency lights and drove slowly down the mountain. Sometimes the brakes squeak.
The resemblance to the Audi A6 E-Tron concept is most visible when looking at the vehicle profile. There is a streamlined roofline with a curved shape that runs down to the short rear deck. The specifics are hard to see due to the camouflage, but there seems to be a fine chisel along the sides.
This A6 E-Tron development vehicle sports placeholder taillights. This concept features full-width lights with a pixel-like design. The rear diffuser on the production model looks smaller than the concept.
The A6 E-Tron uses the Premium Platform Electric (PPE) platform. We don’t have any info on the production-spec powertrain yet. The concept has electric motors driving each axle for a total output of 470 horsepower (350 kilowatts) and 590 pound-feet (800 Newton-meters). Audi estimates this is enough to hit 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) faster than 4.0 seconds.
The production model battery is also a mystery. The concept has a 100-kilowatt-hour package that offers an estimated range of over 435 miles (700 kilometers) in the WLTP test. The fast charging system runs up to 270 kilowatts, which means plugging in for 10 minutes can provide a range of up to 186 miles (300 kilometers).
The A6 E-Tron will debut in production form later this year, and will join Audi’s lineup for the 2024 model year. A wagon version is also coming, but this one may not be on sale in the United States.