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Audi Might Have a Big Surprise At the 2022 Geneva Motor Show

The Audi A6 E-Tron is a lot closer to production than we all thought!

Audi showed up to the Shanghai Auto Show with the A6 E-Tron Concept, a car that seemed more like a futuristic A8 than an A6, and one that had production written all over it. It could also become the brand’s first electric wagon, but we’ll leave that discussion for another time. Until now, we’ve heard nothing about when we’d see a production version, but a new report says that A6 E-Tron is slated for production very soon.

The 2023 Audi A6 E-Tron – Ushering In The Future

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Citing an unidentified Audi spokesperson, Roadshow is claiming that the A6 E-Tron will go into production in 2023, meaning it could be a 2023 model or start life as a 2024 model near the end of summer that year. Despite the fact that the production timeline is a couple of years away, the same publication is suggesting that we’ll see the official production prototype as early as 2022. When and where is a mystery, but the Geneva Motor Show sounds about right.

So what can you expect from the production model? Well, the A6 E-Tron Concept was billed as “far more than just a simple design exercise” and “its body is a foretaste of Audi’s future productions models.” In non-automaker talk, that means the production model will pretty much look like the concept. We know it’ll ride on the Audi\Porsche PPE platform – the same platform that will underpin the Audi Q6 E-Tron and the Porsche Macan EV. The concept was fairly large at 195.3-inches long, 77.2-inches wide, and 56.7-inches tall, so the production model should fall in that range.

Audi A6 E-tron concept exterior dimensions
Length 195.3 inches
Width 77.2 inches
Height 56.7 inches
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The concept was revealed with a near-100 kWh battery pack that Audi claimed was good for around 435 miles (700 km) on the WLTP scale, which means around 370 in the real world, give or take. Audi will also most likely offer different trims with different battery sizes, less range, and less power. The concept likely represents the range-topping A6, so you’re looking at dual-motor AWD with 469 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque. On the low end, a base model could offer around 300 ponies and around 500 pound-feet.

In fact, Audi has even confirmed that there will be “basic versions optimized for minimum consumption and maximum range”
Audi A6 E-tron specifications
Powertrain Electric
Horsepower 469 HP
Torque 590 LB-FT
0 to 62 mph 4 seconds
Range (WLTP cycle) 435 miles
Range (EPA) 400 miles
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The “basic” models should hit 62 mph (100 km/h) in around seven seconds, with the higher-performance models make the same sprint in less than four seconds. So, decent performance even from the entry models. Pricing is another big mystery, but with the current A6 sedan starting at $54,900 and the E-Tron being all-electric, a starting price in the $70,000 range isn’t out of the question. That would put the S6 E-Tron at around $84,000 ($10,000 more than the current S6) and the RS6 E-Tron equal with the current RS6 around $110,000 or maybe a little more.

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