Audi A6 e-Tron Concept: executive EV previews 2023 production car

Published: 19 April 2021

► New A6 e-Tron coming in 2023
► First variant of an existing car in Europe
► Coming in 2023 after Q6 e-Tron

Audi's expansion of its e-Tron range of electric cars isn't slowing down. It's introduced the new A6 e-Tron Concept, a preview of a new all-electric variant of the A6 saloon, coming into production reality in 2023.

It's the first EV from Audi that will be a variant of an existing production model in Europe (there's already a Q2 e-Tron in China), instead of using new nomenclature or as-yet unclaimed badges – like the e-Tron GT or new Q4 e-Tron.

a6 e-tron rear

Audi says the A6 e-Tron will be the second electric car to use its new PPE platform, co-developed with Porsche for mid-size and large EVs over the next decade, with the first being the new Q6 e-Tron SUV.

What showstopping tech does it have?

All of it is very Audi, and mostly light-based. The sleek design, complete with blanked out 'singleframe' grille, allows for a super-low drag co-efficient of 0.22cD, and a single rear light bar filled with OLED elements brings a 3D effect.

a6 e-tron projector

Digital Matrix LEDs feature – a neat bit of tech that made its debut on the e-Tron Sportback, but here you'll be able to project a video game onto a wall while you're charging, and play it with your phone.

There are few details on the interior beyond some sketches, but Audi says that due to the PPE platform's skateboard design, there won't be a transmission tunnel in all-wheel-drive versions and the cockpit's space will be bigger than a conventional A6.

Any powertrain details?

It's more a set of promises and goals than reality for now, as Audi gets to grips with putting the PPE platform underneath into production. The brand says that this concept has quattro all-wheel drive via a motor on each axle, 469bhp and 590lb ft, and an 800-volt charging architecture.

a6 e-tron front tracking

Audi also promises around 435 miles on a single charge here, and says it'll have the capability to go from 5% to 80% battery charge in 25 minutes on the fastest chargers available.

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By Jake Groves

CAR's deputy news editor, office Geordie, gamer, lover of hot hatches