The wagon can cover 32 miles on electric mode alone

Audi has launched a new plug-in hybrid trim for its wagon, the A6 Avant. It is based on the A6 Avant 55 TFSI trim, the plug-in model was first revealed at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. It isn’t a new powertrain as it’s already been doing duty in the plug-in hybrid versions of the A7 Sportback and Q5. The wagon will be capable of covering 32 miles on battery power alone. Neat add-on to one the most popular station wagons, isn’t it?

What Difference Does The Hybrid System Make?

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The Audi A6 Avant 55 TFSI e Quattro makes use of a 14.1-kWh battery pack.

This system is mated to the 2.0-liter, four-cylinder turbocharged mill that makes 362 horses and 369 pound-feet. Power is sent to all the wheels via a seven-speed automatic gearbox. Audi says that the wagon can sprint to 62 mph in 5.7 seconds and goes on till 155 mph before the speed governor kicks in. The automaker claims that the A6 Avant can run for 32 miles on electric mode at speeds of up to 84 mph.

Audi A6 Avant 55 TFSI e Quattro specifications
Engine 2.0-liter, four-cylinder turbocharged
Battery pack 14.1-kWh
Horsepower 362 HP
Torque 369 LB-FT
0 to 62 mph 5.7 seconds
Top Speed 155 mph
Electric only range 32 miles
Electric top speed 84 mph
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The wagon will also feature three driving modes – electric, hybrid, and petrol power. Electric and petrol power are self-explanatory. The hybrid ensures maximum efficiency and keeps it in the electric mode for the maximum possible amount of time. The system also takes into consideration information from navigation, traffic data, outputs from the sensors, and driving style.

Does the Audi A6 Hybrid Have Less Cargo Room?

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The company says that the battery pack can be charged in 2.5 hours using a 7.4-kW charging point. Apart from this, regenerative braking replenishes the battery while on the move. The downside, however, is the battery pack eating up into the boot space.

The A6 Avant has a cargo space of 20.7 cubic-feet, which goes down to 14.3 cubic-feet with the inclusion of the batteries.

So, yes, this is certainly a compromise. It’s going to be very confusing for folks with larger families since the range offered on the electric mode is more than negligible, and so is the space reduction in the cargo area.

How Much Does It Cost?

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Specs for the U.K.-based model aren’t out yet, but the European trim receives 19-inch alloy wheels, Matrix LED headlights, full S sports body kit, and sport-tuned suspension. On the inside, the wagon features a sporty cabin, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, and a 10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system. The price for the U.K. model isn’t out yet, but in Germany, it starts from €71,940, which is approximately $78,000.

The A6 Allroad Is the A6 Avant Alternative In The States

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In the U.S., we don’t get the A6 Avant. Instead, there’s the A6 Allroad or the RS twins. None of them feature hybrid systems, though. The A6 Allroad is stylized with a Bane mask-inspired singleframe grille. The other design elements are in line with other Audi products and the wagon is proportionate from all the angles. It comes standard with 20-inch wheels.

On the inside, the center console looks asymmetric and funky, but it’s functional. Even on the space front, the wagon doesn’t disappoint.

Under the hood, the A6 Allroad comes with a 3.0-liter turbocharged V-6 engine that churns out 335 horses and 369 pound-feet of torque.

Power is sent to all the wheels and the wagon takes 5.1 seconds to sprint to 60 mph from a standstill. The Audi A6 Allroad is sold with a starting price tag of $65,900.

Final Thoughts

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The plug-in hybrid system certainly makes the wagon a lot more efficient. 32 miles on electric mode alone is quite decent and should be good for folks who will use it as an urban commuter. Any wagon’s selling point is essentially its space, but the A6 Avant in this avatar takes a big hit.

If you go on trips often with four or five people, you will find the space to be on the shorter side when it comes to luggage and whatnot. In the end, you either choose efficiency or cargo space. What will you choose if you were in such a situation? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.

Source: https://www.audi-mediacenter.com/en...

Sidd Dhimaan
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