The Audi A6 e-tron electric sedan has been spied ahead of its likely debut some time next year.
Like the 2021 concept car, the production version of the A6 e-tron seems to feature a soft, flowing shape punctuated by some sharp creases, primarily along the flanks and at the rear.
Even from their grainy spy photos we can see there are quite a number of changes in the transition to production.
While the concept had a slim, one-piece headlight design, this prototype sports a split headlight treatment, with the thicker lower section housing the main and high beam units, and likely disguised in some way.
Casting our our eyes along the side, we can see the doors are flatter than on the concept. In addition to this there are traditional wing mirrors instead of a camera pod, and lift-up door handles.
At the rear the concept’s short rear deck has been carried over, but the scalloping has been toned down and the tail-lights are thicker than before.
Under the skin the A6 e-tron will use the PPE (Platform Premium Electric) architecture being jointly developed by Audi and Porsche. The first PPE-based vehicles to be released with the next-generation Porsche Macan and the Q6 e-tron.
The 2021 concept featured a 100kWh battery pack, which was had support for fast charging up to 270kW and was said to be capable of up to 700km of driving according to the WLTP standard.
At the time of the concept’s launch, Audi said the production A6 e-tron will be available in both rear- and all-wheel drive formats, with one variant said to have 350kW and 800Nm at its disposal.
Given the concept looked almost production-ready, and measured 4.96m long, 1.96m wide and 1.44m tall, we expect this prototype and the showroom-ready car to be around the same size.
Last year Audi said it will would be an all-electric brand by 2023 in every market except China, while rules proposed by the European Commission will make it impossible for automakers to sell new cars with internal combustion engines within EU by 2035.
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