By on March 18, 2022

Taking a quick look around parking lots on this side of the pond, one would be forgiven for thinking the station wagon – longroof, avant, variant, shooting brake – is dead and buried. Pockets of (rabid) enthusiasts remain and are likely a large part of the reason Audi decided to sell the tremendous RS6 Avant.

The future is murky for a North American launch of this new all-electric concept, given our propensity for SUVs and crossovers. Nevertheless, we’ll take any opportunity to run photos of a slinky wagon – especially one that could slingshot from 0 – 60 mph in under four seconds.

Like the Audi A6 e-tron Concept which was exhibited last year, this Avant also has an all-electric drive system based on the brand’s forward-looking PPE platform. That acronym, of which the Germans have many, represents the bones on which many of Audi’s forthcoming EVs will be built and was designed specifically for such a purpose. The battery size and wheelbase of PPE vehicles are scalable, making them suitable for use in different market segments.

Including, as we see here, a very pretty wagon. Audi insists its lines and elegant proportions anticipate future Audi production models and offer clues about how the company’s wares will look in the not-too-distant future.

“With the Audi A6 Avant e-tron concept, we are offering a completely tangible look at future production models on our new PPE technology platform,” says Audi Board Member for Technical Development Oliver Hoffmann. The concept is 16.3 feet in length and just under 6.5 feet wide, making it roughly the same dimensions as current models in the Audi A6/A7 family.

What’s powering it? Two electric motors are said to be capable of laying down up to 470 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque. You can bet hotter versions are in the pipeline. Listed as having a 100kWh battery pack (note that could be a gross, not net, number), Audi boasts a maximum range of 435 miles when fully charged depending on the selected drive system and power output. Assuming one can link up with a properly robust Level 3 charging station, the company says it is possible to replenish just under 200 miles of range in about 10 minutes.

The first Audi production vehicles built on the PPE platform will be successively unveiled starting in 2023, and all new models introduced by the company will be EVs from 2026 onwards. This does not mean internal combustion engines with four rings on them will vanish at that time; that comes later – 2035, to be precise.

[Images: Audi]

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22 Comments on “Circle the Wagons: Audi Shows A6 Avant e-tron Concept...”


  • avatar
    eggsalad

    I often wonder what the efficiency and range improvements would be in EV if there wasn’t a giant pi**ing match over these ludicrous 0-60 times.

    • 0 avatar
      FreedMike

      Well, if you want more range you can drive more conservatively. Same is true of a gas powered vehicle.

    • 0 avatar
      Astigmatism

      Or wheels that look like dubs from a dropped 2002 Lincoln Navigator.

    • 0 avatar
      ajla

      With the current technology it seems that range, battery size, and output are all positively correlated. So there doesn’t appear to be much (if any) range penalty for a quick EV.

      Now making the actual vehicles (and the wheels) smaller and lighter would help things out but that’s (unfortunately IMO) not the way the market is going. I’ve said before that I think the EV Revolution will lead to the road being filled with even more mega-sized juggernauts than today.

      • 0 avatar
        Scoutdude

        Yup the HP is all about the battery size, the larger the battery the more current it can supply. More current equals more power at the wheels. Yes you could limit the current the battery is allowed to supply which would cut down on power at the wheels, but that wouldn’t show up on the EPA range estimates since the EPA drive cycle never comes close to using all of the available power. You could also fit a smaller motor but that too is a double edged sword since it would therefore cut the maximum current it could produce during regen braking and thus potentially impact usable range.

      • 0 avatar
        pesteele

        What ajia said!

    • 0 avatar
      SCE to AUX

      @eggsalad: Agreed. I’d gladly trade performance for range.

      There would be a cost savings in using less powerful motors and switchgear.

      That 435-mile range cited above, would most likely be about 350 EPA miles, which is more realistic.

    • 0 avatar
      Luke42

      @eggsalad
      “I often wonder what the efficiency and range improvements would be in EV if there wasn’t a giant pi**ing match over these ludicrous 0-60 times.”

      The ludicrous 0-60 times are a side-effect of cost cutting on EVs. Seriously.

      If they oversize the electric motor, they can eliminate the weight, complexity, inefficiency, and expense of an automatic transmission. (EVs often use a fixed ratio reduction gearbox instead but conventional ICE cars have those too, in the differential.)

      Once the engineers tell the marketing people that the cheapest and most reliable way to build the car had a crazy-fast 0-60 time as a side-effect, the marketing guys gonna market.

      P.S. If you don’t believe me, look at the torque curve of an electric motor as compared to your favorite ICE motor. If you stare at it long enough, you’ll see why they do it this way.

  • avatar
    FreedMike

    Tasty.

    Did I mention my dream car is an RS6 Avant?

  • avatar
    CoolJetta3

    Audi always knows how to make a good looking wagon.

  • avatar
    Stanley Steamer

    Who will be the first to offer an LED heckblende that can display pre-programmed text messages?

  • avatar
    ToolGuy

    Look at the shape of the rear opening and tell me this is a wagon. (It ain’t.)

    Unrelated: Past noon EST on a Friday and one whole new post. This site has some serious issues (and getting worse at an increasing rate) …pointing to “Who We Are” section at the right-hand side of this page… not so much here, or here, but up *here*…

  • avatar
    ravenuer

    What are these, like 30″ rims?

  • avatar
    dal20402

    Very pretty. Doomed to failure in the US, where people sensibly feel they have to sit high enough that somebody in a lifted F-250 behind them at a light can see their car.

    • 0 avatar

      Probably in the Heartland yes, but no one buys these there. In the Green Leafy Burbs wagon ownership is an “old money” or old money wannabe look. The classic volvo wagon…the E class Benz Wagon…the Audi wagons-the Taycan. Among the tiny sub-set who will spend $120k for a car (and all have a truck and/or other toy) the wagon is a status symbol.

      • 0 avatar
        dal20402

        This was true at one time but, at least in my area, is not anymore. The same old-money buyers that previously did those cars have moved to GLSes and Yukon Denalis.

  • avatar
    jkross22

    The rear tail light design looks like the aliens from Space Invaders. They’re even lined up that way. Can’t unsee it.

    Looks like they aped Jag’s electric coupSUV thing they made. I’m sure it’ll be cool and they’ll want $120k+ for it.

    I shouldn’t kvetch about this. It’s an electric wagon. I should be drooling over it. And yet I’m not.

  • avatar
    probert

    Like most German cars, this looks like a physical manifestation of corporate ambition and strong cologne. I guess some people like that.

  • avatar
    BEPLA

    Love the general concept – but can we skip the faux-exhaust diffuser and the gaping faux vents on the front? Some sidewall would be nice too – because we don’t need massive discs when regen braking handles the major portion of our stoppage power. More Lucid-clean styling, less M/RS/AMG Man-Boy styling stupidity (which will improve range, BTW) for our EVs please.

  • avatar
    shipping96

    It’s gorgeous. I’m currently leasing a Volvo V60. If Audi builds this at the right price it’s my next car.

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