On the occasion of the Shanghai Auto Show, Audi lifts the veil on the Audi A6 e-tron concept sedan-coupé, anticipating an innovative range of zero-emission cars based on the native electric platform PPE (Premium Platform Electric).
The first models equipped with the PPE platform will be presented by the end of 2022: initially they will belong to segment E, later also to segment D.
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Audi A6 e-tron concept
Unlike the Audi A6 TFSI e, the Audi A6 e-tron concept show car relies exclusively on electric drive and is based on the PPE platform, developed in collaboration with Porsche under the direction of Audi. As for the design, the car is characterized by an evolution of the stylistic features of the current A6 family, with which it shares the dimensions. 4.96 meters long, 1.96 meters wide and 1.44 meters high, it incorporates the typical features of the four-ring Sportback. Much more than an exercise in style, the new sedan-coupé anticipates the lines of future Audi high-end models.
A synthesis of elegance and sportiness, the Audi A6 e-tron concept adopts, as mentioned, the Premium Platform Electric (PPE), guaranteeing marked dynamism and, at the same time, a marked daily usability. Features underlined on the one hand by the range up to over 700 kilometers WLTP, on the other by the sprint from 0 to 100 km / h in less than four seconds.
Audi A6 e-tron concept writes a new chapter in aerodynamics, relying on a CX of 0.22, a reference for the E BEV segment. Reduced aerodynamic drag means lower energy consumption and greater range.
The sportiness is underlined by the 22-inch alloy wheels, the reduced overhangs, the passenger cell with a contained vertical development and the coupé-style tail line. In the side view, the Audi A6 e-tron concept appears monolithic, almost as if it were made from a single block. The ascending waistline is typically Sportback style, as are the contained bulkiness of the C-pillars and the muscular wheel arches that emphasize the car's generous footprint.
The location of the battery between the axles is underlined by black inserts along the lower section of the sides - a design element shared by the entire Audi electric range.
The virtual side mirrors are derived from Audi e-tron and Audi e-tron Sportback, the images of which, taken by the cameras located at the ends of the supports, are displayed in the passenger compartment by means of dedicated screens at the base of the front pillars. Typically e-tron also the front, characterized by the "closed" single frame on the sides of which stand out the air intakes for the cooling system of the powertrain, the accumulator and the brakes. The headlamps, similar to thin light bands, are distinguished by their marked longitudinal development.
The slim front headlamps and rear light clusters are slender and integrated into the body surfaces. Audi A6 e-tron concept relies on Matrix Led and Oled technologies.
The Native Electric PPE platform uses a battery module located between the axles, in the case of the Audi A6 e-tron concept with a capacity of 100 kWh. By exploiting the width of the floor, Audi gives the high-voltage accumulator a flat layout. For the first time it becomes possible to create on a single platform not only "high floor" cars, with generous ground clearance, but also cars with a strongly lowered center of gravity and markedly dynamic behavior; like Audi A6 e-tron concept.
Quattro all-wheel drive, the brand's technical icon, is one of the configurations provided by the PPE platform and is based on the presence of two electric motors: one in correspondence with each axle. The versatility of the PPE platform is reinforced by the possibility of opting, if you want to maximize efficiency and autonomy, for rear-wheel drive, entrusted to a single zero-emission engine located at the rear.
Specifically, the Audi A6 e-tron concept uses two electric motors that produce a total of maximum power of 476 hp and a torque of 800 Nm. The front-axle layout is five-arm, while the rear follows a multilink configuration. The suspensions are of the adaptive pneumatic type.
The battery of the Audi A6 e-tron concept is characterized by a nominal voltage of 800 Volts which allows charging in direct current (DC) with powers up to 270 kW. Enough energy can be absorbed in 10 minutes to travel around 300 kilometers WLTP, while in less than 25 minutes the battery charge level goes from 5% to 80%.