It’s been a few months since we last saw the first-ever Audi A6 e-tron doing its thing in the open in prototype form, but the testing and fine-tuning phase of the electric executive model continues. Not only that, but the four-ring brand is also working on the station wagon, and it was this one that became the focus of the camera lens recently.
From a nut-and-bolt perspective, the Audi A6 Avant e-tron should be mechanically identical to the sedan. Both use the PPE construction, a VW Group-owned architecture for electric cars, which will also underpin the Porsche Macan EV. And if you must know, this platform supports the 800-volt technology, allowing quicker charging times.
Details surrounding the output and torque of the electric powertrains that will equip both body styles of the A6 e-tron are unknown at the moment. However, we can assume that both will launch with single-motor setups in the lesser variants, with the mid-spec versions featuring bi-motor assemblies and the obvious all-wheel drive.
Topping them all will be an RS-badged flavor, which is expected to have over 800 horsepower combined. There is no reason to believe that this powertrain won’t make its way to the Avant, which is Audi slang for the estate body style, even if we’ve only seen it as a sedan. After all, it will be a worthy alternative to the RS 6 Avant, which is one of the best executive superwagons in the segment.
Speaking of segments, the Audi A6 Avant e-tron will take on the likes of the BMW i5 Touring. This model is also available as a sedan, and it is basically an electric alternative to the ICE-power 5er. Unlike their biggest rivals, which offer sedan and wagon versions of their business EVs, Mercedes chose to only make the EQE available as a four-door, contrary to the normal E-Class that is available in both guises.
As you can expect, the A6 e-tron will look different from the eponymous concept car that previewed it. For one, it will feature split headlamps and a less flashy grille. The window line will be taller, and the back end will be less sporty. The sedan and wagon will likely have identical front-end designs and will also share the same cockpit arrangement, including the main screens, tech features, and safety systems.
We initially thought Audi will introduce the A6 e-tron sometime this year, but it appears that they have scheduled the unveiling for 2024. It is possible that the first one out will be the Sportback, aka the four-door model, followed a few months later by the Avant. Both are expected to launch for the 2025 model year in our market. There’s nothing to suggest that they won’t make their way to our shores.