Production Audi A6 e-tron to rival Tesla Model S & Mercedes EQE

The Audi A6 e-tron concept debuted as the vision of the four-ringed brand’s Tesla Model S and Nio ET7 rival at Auto Shanghai 2021 on 19 April. Today, ElectricVehicleWeb is presenting an exclusive rendering showing what the design of its commercialized version could look like.

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Audi has been designing e-tron concepts quite close to production, and we reckon the A6 e-tron is no different. The final car would have minor changes from the design concept unveiled in Shanghai this week.

Our rendered Audi A6 electric sedan does away with the logo backlighting at the front, but it has shinier Singleframe inserts, and slightly bigger headlights, for improved visibility and enhanced styling. A powerfully contoured, curved blade under the closed-off upper grille (Singleframe) and matching vertical blades on the sides of the air inlets further enhance the styling.

Audi A6 e-tron concept front three quarters
The Audi A6 e-tron concept has a 100 kWh battery pack. Image Source: Audi

We haven’t kept the ‘e-tron’ inscription on the lower grille in the final design, seeing how other pure electric Audi e-tron models have transitioned to production. The 21-inch 10-spoke trapezoidal module, dual-tone wheels may seem like a downgrade from the concept’s 22-inch rims, but they should lead to better handling and reduced noise. We have retained the virtual mirror technology. The concept’s impressive drag coefficient value of 0.22 Cd should apply to even the road-ready car, helped by the digital mirrors. The door handles, antenna and front sensors complete the transition to production.

The PPE platform-based zero-emission business sedan may come with two different battery pack options, with possibly one of them being the Audi e-tron GT’s 85 kWh (net)/93 kWh (gross) 800-volt Lithium-ion unit. The production A6 e-tron electric sedan is officially expected to offer a range of up to more than 700 km (WLTP) and has been confirmed to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in under four seconds. One can expect the convenience of recharging the battery pack from 5 to 80% SoC in less than 25 minutes with 270 kW rapid-charging support as well.

The production Audi A6 e-tron may hit European showrooms in the second half of 2022 as the ‘sedan’ cousin of the Audi Q6 e-tron.