Circle the Wagons: Audi Shows A6 Avant E-tron Concept

circle the wagons audi shows a6 avant e tron concept

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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  • BEPLA BEPLA on Mar 22, 2022

    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.

  • Shipping96 Shipping96 on Mar 23, 2022

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

  • FreedMike Alfa had its’ shot in this market, and it didn’t work out. Of course, based on Alfa’s horrid history of reliability record, scathing quality related reports like this one certainly didn’t help. Yes, the base models weren’t that bad, but this kind of bad press was the worst possible thing for a brand that got drummed out of this market over quality issues. Besides, Dodge is a LOT more viable in this market than Alfa Romeo. Let the Europeans have Alfas; North America
  • Dukeisduke That charging station in the picture looks like it's nailed to the back of an old utility pole and weather beaten chest of drawers. Lol, WTH?
  • Dukeisduke Corey, do you have links for some of those ads? I'd like to be able to zoom in on them.
  • Dukeisduke A free Model T Touring Car? Heck, I'd take one of those, even today. The ABC radio news ad has a few names I recognize - columnist Walter Winchell (he later narrated TV's "The Untouchables"), Drew Pearson, who was an accomplished journalist and writer, Dorothy Kilgallen, a columnist who later appeared on game shows in the '50s, like "What's My Line?", and Hollywood gossip columnist Louella Parsons.
  • Dukeisduke The Hornet got plenty of hate on Instagram when Dodge announced it the other day, mainly from people who want Dodge to build nothing but Hemi-powered vehicles, in perpetuity.