New Audi A6 e-tron previewed: price, specs and release date

April 19, 2021 by

A new Audi A6 e-tron concept reveals what a future all-electric saloon from Audi will look like when it goes on sale in 2023. Read on for full details.

  • New Audi A6 e-tron Concept revealed
  • Previews new electric saloon
  • High-tech headlights
  • 100kWh battery
  • 435 miles of range
  • 270kW fast-charging
  • 476hp and 800Nm of torque
  • 0-60mph in less than 4 seconds
  • On sale in 2023
  • Could cost from around £70,000

Audi has revealed the new A6 e-tron. Well, the car you see here is only a concept for now, but the finished car should look almost identical when it goes on sale in 2023 as a Tesla Model S alternative.

Audi A6 e-tron design

The new A6 e-tron looks smashing, and the best bit is that the finished car should look pretty-much exactly like this. After all, when Audi turned the e-tron GT concept into a road car (called the e-tron GT) it didn’t really change anything at all.

Audi has confirmed that the finished car won’t get the concept’s invisible door handles, but top-spec cars should come with 22-inch wheels like the concept, and be offered with the same rear-view cameras instead of wing mirrors.

The car’s swoopy outline isn’t going to change much, either. And it’ll come with the same two-tone side skirts and full-width brake light, too.

One of the coolest things about the new A6 e-tron is its new headlights. They’re thinner than on any other new Audi – trust the Germans to come up with a stat like that – and they’re also packed with cool new tech.

The car’s lights can project patterns onto the road, such as these animated indicators

The daytime-running lights are made up of 3 rows of customisable LEDS, so they can show all sorts of patterns and animations, and Audi’s also added special projectors all round the car that can beam messages onto the pavement.

You’ll be able to play games projected by the car’s headlights using your phone as a controller

The new car gets the latest version of Audi’s Matrix LED headlights, too, and you can use them to play video games. You connect your smartphone to the car and use it as a controller to play a special Audi spaceship racing game, using the headlights as massive projectors.

New Audi A6 e-tron batteries and range

The new A6 e-tron will comes with a 100kWh battery. That’s slightly bigger than the 93kWh battery you get in an e-tron GT, but smaller than the 108kWh battery in a Mercedes EQS. Audi says this’ll give the finished car more than 435 miles of range, which is almost 140 miles more than you get from an e-tron GT, and close to the 478 miles of range you get from an EQS.

But Audi will beat that car when it comes to charging times, because the A6 e-tron is compatible with 270kW chargers. The EQS can only manage 200kW. If you can find one of these chargers, you can boost the car’s range by 186 miles in just 10 minutes, or 5 minutes quicker than the Mercedes.

A longer 25-minute charge will recharge your batteries from 5% to 80% full.

Audi A6 e-tron motors and performance

Entry-level versons of the A6 e-tron will come with one rear-mounted motor driving the back wheels. These will do 0-60mph in less than seven seconds.

Four-wheel-drive models will come with an extra electric motor at the front. In total, these dual-motor cars will produce 476hp and 800Nm of torque. That’s the same amount of power you get from an entry-level e-tron GT, but it’s about 160Nm more torque.

This means the new car will do 0-60mph in less than 4 seconds. That’s a bit quicker than the GT, which takes 4.1 seconds to do 0-60mph.

New Audi A6 e-tron interior

Expect the A6 e-tron to borrow features from the e-tron GT’s cabin, shown here

Audi hasn’t revealed what the A6 e-tron’s cabin will look like. Maybe it’s all a secret, or maybe they haven’t finished designing it yet… But, you can get a good idea of how it’ll look by checking out the e-tron GT and the Q4 e-tron.

The new Q4 e-tron’s cabin could also inspire the new A6 e-tron’s interior

These both get sporty, minimalist interiors, with 2 infotainment displays – that’s one fewer screen than you get in the normal A6 saloon. Maybe Audi has realised that adding more screens isn’t always the way to go…

The A6 e-tron looks a little like today’s Audi A7 Sportback from the side but it’s a few centimetres taller than that car, so it should be a bit roomier inside.

Audi hasn’t ruled-out building an A6 e-tron Avant estate, either, which would make a great alternative to the recently revealed Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo electric car.

New Audi A6 e-tron price and release date

The new Audi A6 e-tron will go on sale in 2023 alongside the normal A6 saloon, but it will be a bit more expensive than that car.

Rear-wheel drive models will probably undercut the e-tron GT by a few thousand pounds, but you’ll probably still have to fork out around £70,000 to get your hands on one. Four-wheel drive cars could set you back a whole lot more. And that’s before you’ve added some optional extras…

Can’t wait for this new car to go on sale? See the latest Audi deals or check out the top 10 electric cars on sale now. 

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