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Next to the standard A6, Audi has also revealed today details on the A6 hybrid, the company’s second hybrid model after the Q5 hybrid quattro. However, the hybrid version will be available at a later date.

Its hybrid system combines a 211 HP 2.0 TFSI engine with an electric motor that delivers 45 HP and 211 Nm of torque. The engine is mated to a modified 8-speed tiptronic transmission that sends torque to the front wheels. It will deliver an average fuel consumption of only 6.2 liters per 100 km (37.94 US mpg).

For the A6 Hybrid the equipment list will include: Audi drive select dynamic handling system, sporty ESP with electronic limited-slip differential on board, adaptive air suspension with controlled damping is available as an option and a dynamic steering will be available soon, also as an option.

Hit the jump to read more about the future Audi A6 Hybrid.

The Exterior and Interior

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Like the standard A6, the hybrid version will be defined by a high-gloss black, the large, low single-frame grill and wide, low air intakes. Both headlights and taillights feature LED technology, with the rear lights forming a visually continuous band in the form of a wide, U-shaped curve. The car’s rear is defined by a subtle spoiler edge and a matte black diffuser insert that envelopes the two large, round tailpipes for the exhaust system. Of course at the rear there will be a "hybrid" to help us making the difference from a standard A6.

The hybrid system

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The A6 hybrid employs an efficient parallel hybrid concept: Its combustion engine, a 211 HP 2.0 TFSI, works together with an electric motor that delivers45 HP and 211 Nm (155.63 lb-ft) of torque. The electric motor sits directly behind the TFSI, occupying the space of the torque converter upstream of the modified 8-speed tiptronic. The transmission sends torque to the front wheels.

A crash-protected area of the luggage compartment houses a light, compact lithium-ion battery that provides 1.3 kWh of nominal power and generates 39 kW. Depending on requirements, it is air-cooled in two ways – by means of a blower from the interior or by means of an internal refrigerant circuit coupled to the automatic air conditioning system. This technology largely maintains the rechargeable battery within the appropriate temperature range, thereby ensuring that the vehicle operates on electric power a comparatively large percentage of the time.

The Audi A6 hybrid can achieve speeds of up to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) purely on electricity; at a constant speed of 60 km/h (37.28 mph), it has a range of 3 km. It can also operate with the combustion engine only or in hybrid mode; in the deceleration phases, it recovers power and activates both the engine and the electric motor together when accelerating quickly. Special indicators on the instrument cluster and on the MMI monitor provide of detailed display of the different driving conditions.

The Audi A6 hybrid provides the power of a V6, combined with the fuel efficiency of a four-cylinder engine. It accelerates in 7.3 seconds from zero to 100 km/h (62.14 mph), top speed is 238 km/h (147.89 mph) and the average fuel consumption is 6.2 liters per 100 km (37.94 US mpg), a CO2 emissions level of 142 grams per km (228.53 g/mile) (performance and fuel consumption figures are provisional).

The competition

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Until BMW will offer a hybrid version for the 5-Series, sometime in early 2011, and Mercedes a hybrid E-Class, the new Audi A6 Hybrid will have to face models like Infiniti M hybrid or Lexus GS 450h. It will be a battle between German hybrids and Japanese hybrids.

The 2012 Infiniti M hybrid combines a naturally aspirated 3.5 Liter V6 and an efficient electric motor. The models offers lots of safety technologies and an interior that will make everyone jealous. It is no doubt a model that will give lots of head aches to the new A6 hybrid.

And while both of this models are new on the market, the Lexus GS 450h can already talk about a history on the market. But what does it offer that makes it better than the other two? It combines combines a 3.5-liter V6 engine with a compact, permanent magnet electric motor that both delivers a total of 340 hp. You can notice this is way better than the A6, but is it enough? We believe that the real competitors will be the Infiniti M and the Audi A6. Why? Well, the A6 is an Audi and that says it all, but the Infiniti comes with a fresh and younger design.

When Can I buy one?

Expect the new A6 Hybrid to go on sale a few months after the standard A6. However, you will be able to buy one by the summer f 2011.

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  (776) posted on 12.22.2011

A6 really looks so impressive and stunning in spite of having only a simple design and style. However, I truly don’t like the fact that it is a hybrid vehicle which is very unreliable.

  (569) posted on 12.1.2011

Audi A6 is just another good-looking and unreliable car today! Anyway, I hope that it would be also available with a diesel version. I just really love the exclusivity of this electric vehicle.

  (434) posted on 11.17.2011

The headlight of this Audi A6 is truly oozing with angst and it is really very attractive at that! Anyway, I also love this vehicle for having such a comfortable interior and for being an eco-friendly.

  (428) posted on 11.17.2011

I am truly wondered if what is the advantage of a hybrid vehicle? Anyway, I love the classy and elegant looks of this Audi S6, and the over-all features of it is really so satisfying.

  (594) posted on 11.14.2011

The over-all feature of this Audi A6 is absolutely so striking and very appealing, but I just don’t like the fact that it is a hybrid car. Anyway, its interior is seems so striking either.

  (374) posted on 11.9.2011

This one could really be on its simple detailing, but it still looks so impressive and classy for me. I’m also impressed that both of its front headlights and taillights are featured by LED technology, great!

  (410) posted on 05.20.2011

Yeah, I agree on you, the detailing here looks better than the original.
However, I can’t decide if this car has better or less power output than its competitor.

  (577) posted on 05.20.2011

I would say that the upgrade in the exterior was awesome and it look better than
the original styling. However, its a good thing also that the engine performance is great as well.

  (273) posted on 02.21.2011

It really does have a Ford Tarus (500?) side profile. Audi is just cranking out the same Grille and tail-lamps for every car in the range, with the objection of the R8.

  (613) posted on 02.21.2011

Wow.. completely uninspired styling. Boring. Every competitor in this class has better styling.. even the long-in-tooth models.

  (692) posted on 01.31.2011

I’ll have to see and feel the materials before I pass judgment but aesthetically the 5-Series has nothing to worry about, as it certainly "looks" richer inside. But again because it’s an Audi it will undoubtedly have heaps of praise loaded on it by the press. I just don’t see it.

  (201) posted on 01.31.2011

I’m sure I’ll get flamed for saying this since the media has declared that Audi interiors rule all others, but I’m sorry, that interior doesn’t look special at all. The pop up navi screen looks completely out of place, like it was a total afterthought (the fact that the A8 has one too is even more unfathomable to me).

  (45) posted on 12.10.2010

The fuel consumption is very good for a car in this class, but the CO2 emission is somehow kind of big. Or maybe they get 6.2% with the car driven by a 10 Kg robot and on a straight line with constant speed and no brakes and acceleration.

  (73) posted on 12.10.2010

The new design is a sample of refined business german design. It might not be appealing to everyone but rest assured that the designers and marketing teams are aiming for a specific target that will sell this elegant car.

  (69) posted on 12.10.2010

I must agree. This car is wrong on so many details OMG!

  (111) posted on 12.10.2010

And here we go Another Ugly Deutsche Invention. There was a time when I would turn around my head in opposite direction when in the presence of an Audi car. After a while, the Audi cars started looking better and better.... and now... Here we go! :d

Lucky for them those exceptional looking wheels will sell 10.000 of these babies. Don’t forget to thank to the genius that made them!

  (1211) posted on 12.6.2010

It really does have a Ford Tarus (500?) side profile. Audi is just cranking out the same Grille and tail-lamps for every car in the range, with the exception of the R8.

  (417) posted on 12.2.2010

I am beginning to see a fair amount of these Kia Souls out on the road, looks like they are going to be popular.

  (201) posted on 12.2.2010

I had high hopes of a 2.0TDI Hybrid. smiley This car is a joke. I’m sorry but the rear half is horrible, looks like they slapped on an A4 rear to a bigger car, doesn’t match at all.

  (1022) posted on 12.1.2010

dang.. I’m really impressed with the A6, I think they’re also using the porsche hybrid technology here..

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