Audi introduced the Audi A2021 Sportback with electric powertrain at the Shanghai Auto Show in April 6, about a year ago. As a continuation and second member of this work, Audi is presenting the Audi A2022 Avant e-tron concept as an example of the electric high-end A6 of the future, as part of the 6 Annual Media Conference. The serial production-oriented A6 Avant e-tron concept reveals the synthesis of pioneering driving technologies and Audi's traditional design world.
The A6 Avant e-tron is not only with large luggage volume; Thanks to PPE, it is a true storage champion with the charging technology used for the first time in the middle and upper class.
Like the Audi A2021 e-tron concept on display in 6, the A6 Avant features a special electric powertrain based on the innovative PPE platform developed under Audi's leadership. same concept car zamAt the same time, the A6 Sportback also reveals a new design concept with the same dimensions as the e-tron. It is in the upper class with its body measuring 4,96 meters long, 1,96 meters wide and 1,44 meters high. Its lines embody a consistent evolution of Audi's contemporary design. Elements such as the singleframe grille and the continuous light strip at the rear highlight the kinship with other electric models in the e-tron range.
The design of the Audi A6 Avant e-tron concept is no simpler than the Sportback. On the contrary, its lines and elegant proportions shed light on the mass-produced Audi models of the future and hint at how dynamic and elegant the four-ring electric upper class will look.
“With the Audi A6 Avant e-tron concept and our new PPE technology platform, we shine a light on our future series production models.” Oliver Hoffmann, Member of the Audi Board of Directors in Charge of Technical Development, said: “We are not just electrifying the Avant's 45-year successful history. We would like to add a remarkable feature by using our technical know-how. For example, the powerful 800-volt technology, 270 kW charging capacity and WLTP range of up to 700 kilometers are extremely remarkable.”
The concept car bearing the A6 logo emphasizes the brand's position in the upper class. This family has represented the brand since 1968 (as the Audi 1994 until 100) in one of the world's highest volume segments. Since 1977, the product range also includes Avant models, which are a much more attractive interpretation of station wagon cars that stirs the emotions.
With the Avant, which blends dynamic lines with advanced functionality, the company has literally developed a new type of car that is often copied by its competitors. Derived from the word avant-garde, Avant was accepted as "Nice station wagon cars are called Avant" with its advertising campaign in 1995.
PPE technology, as reflected by the lines of the car, provides a dynamic driving performance suitable for long rides and suitability for daily use. This means that in the future an Audi A6 e-tron will offer a range of up to 700 kilometers (according to the WLTP standard) depending on the powertrain and version. In addition, the powerful versions of the series will accelerate 0-100 km / h in less than 4 seconds.
The spacious yet beautiful rear of the Audi A6 Avant makes it a storage champion in two senses. Battery technology with the power-train system justifies this statement. The 800 volt system and the charging capacity of up to 270 kW can store a range of approximately 10 kilometers in just 300 minutes at the fast charging station.
The perfect e-tron: design
The Audi A6 Avant e-tron concept is clearly in the upper class in terms of size, with a length of 4,96 meters, a width of 1,96 meters and a height of 6 meters, the same as the current Audi A7/A1,44. The dynamic body proportions and the distinctive elegant rear design draw attention to the detailed design process in the wind tunnel.
Aerodynamics is an integral part of Audi's long history of success in the upper class. zammoment played a key role. The cW value of the aerodynamics world champion Audi 100/C3 went down in history as a legend. With a value of 0,30 cW, Audi performed much better than its competitors in 1982 and continued this performance in the following years.
The electric Audi A6 e-tron concept family opens a new chapter in this success story and zamThe moment proves once again that it blends design and function perfectly. The Sportback's cW of just 0,22 is unique in the electric C-segment. With its long roofline, the Avant's cW is just 0,02 units above that. This value shows the car's minimum aerodynamic drag success, which means lower energy consumption and longer range. The painstaking work in the wind tunnel resulted in an extraordinarily elegant and harmonious design.
Large 22-inch wheels and short overhangs, horizontal body and dynamic roofline give the Avant body proportions reminiscent of sports cars.
Sharp lines provide smooth shadow transitions between convex and concave surfaces throughout the body. Especially when viewed from the side, the Audi A6 e-tron concept looks as if it came out of a single mold.
The gently backward sloping roofline and sloping D-pillar are typical of the Audi Avant glass design. The D-pillar rises fluidly from the rear of the vehicle. Eye-catching quattro wheel arches emphasize the width of the body and are organically integrated into the side surfaces.
The fender arches are connected by a specially shaped battery area above the lower panel. This structure is highlighted by a distinctive design element and black trim of the Audi brand's electric vehicle range. Camera-based side mirrors at the bottom of the A-pillar are also characteristic of Audi e-tron models.
When viewed from the front, the Audi A6 e-tron concept immediately reveals that it is an electric model of the brand with four rings. The large, closed Singleframe grille is also a characteristic design element. Below the grille are deep air intakes to cool the powertrain, battery and brakes. Thin and horizontally designed headlights extend to the sides, emphasizing the horizontal architecture of the vehicle body.
The rear effect of the wind tunnel is clearly visible. The upper edge of the rear part plays an important role in terms of aerodynamics as well as visuals. The rear spoiler with colored accents visually emphasizes the long, horizontal silhouette of the A6 Avant e-tron concept. It also plays an important role in improving aerodynamics.
A massive rear diffuser along with two large air outlets fills the lower part of the rear bumper. These components, with their colorful decorations, direct the air flowing under the vehicle to reduce turbulence, creating the perfect combination of reduced aerodynamic drag and minimal lift.
The sporty silhouette of the car on display is highlighted in a warm gray color called Neptune Valley. While the color looks modern, understated in shade, its full effect is revealed in the sun, and the effect pigments cover the car in soft iridescent gold tones.
Illuminating from every angle – light technology
Slim-design headlights and taillights integrate with the lines of the car. Digital Matrix LED and digital OLED technology make it possible to achieve maximum brightness and different features with minimum surface area, while maintaining the same zamIt also offers customizable light signatures. Audi's lighting designers and developers have done a great job. The concept car includes new features and customization options in lighting.
Three small, high-definition LED projectors placed on both sides of the fuselage illuminate the floor when the doors are opened, greeting the passenger with messages in their own language, accompanied by dynamic lighting effects.
The combination of safety and aesthetic design is particularly important to Audi. High-definition projectors project warning symbols on the floor, for example, to warn a cyclist that the door is about to open.
Four high-definition LED projectors, discreetly integrated into corners, produce turn signal projections. Their design can be changed to suit different markets and regulations.
Digital Matrix LED headlights are almost cinematic. For example, if the Audi A6 Avant e-tron concept is parked in front of a wall to recharge the battery during a break, the driver and passengers will have the video game projected onto them. zamcan pass the moment. Instead of a small screen in the cockpit, the game is projected onto the wall with Digital Matrix LED headlights in XXL format.
The continuous light strip behind the concept car features next-generation digital OLED elements that act like a screen. They can also be used to create virtually unlimited customizable versions of digital light signatures and dynamic lighting displays that can be tailored to the customer's personal taste. The three-dimensional architecture of digital OLED elements is a new feature in the taillights. This structure, adapted to the body, makes it possible to integrate the night design perfectly into the overall appearance. Thus, the dynamic light show is not two-dimensional as before, but the same zamIt provides the opportunity to experience an impressive 3D effect at the same time.
Like the headlights, the rear taillights also offer improved performance in line with the brand's standards in terms of visibility and visibility. The headlights provide clear and bright vision by intelligently adapting to the environment and communicating with other road users depending on the road and weather conditions. A combination of ultra-bright, homogeneous and high-contrast digital OLED taillights can significantly improve the road safety of the future.
In addition, projections around the vehicle extend the communication distance beyond the vehicle. With the help of smart connectivity in the vehicle, the A6 e-tron concept provides information to other road users with visual signals.
PPE – high ground clearance and low ride height
PPE is designed exclusively for battery electric power-train systems and can offer many advantages. One of the most important advantages is the battery module between the axles, which can store approximately 6 kWh of energy in the A100 Avant e-tron concept. The use of the entire vehicle floor enables an almost completely flat battery layout. Thus, a single platform can be used both in high ground vehicles and in vehicles with a dynamic, flat architecture, such as the Audi A6 Avant, without any change in the basic architecture.
Battery size and wheelbase of PPE vehicles can be scaled. This allows it to be used in different segments. However, a fairly long wheelbase and very short overhangs will all have in common. This, together with the large wheels, brings with it excellent body proportions in terms of both design and function. Reflecting the new platform, future PPE models will offer passengers a longer wheelbase, meaning a wider interior and more legroom in both rows of seats. This is a significant advantage in all segments. In addition, electric vehicles generally offer more living space because they do not have a transmission and shaft tunnel.
But even without the transmission and shaft tunnel, Audi customers don't have to give up on the brand's trademark quattro drive system. Future PPE models will optionally include versions with electronically coordinated electric motors on the front and rear axles to provide all-wheel drive and provide the perfect balance between driving dynamics and energy efficiency. In addition, the e-tron family will also include basic versions optimized for minimum consumption and maximum range. In this case, the drive will be provided by an electric motor on the rear axle.
The two electric motors of the Audi A6 Avant e-tron concept provide 350 kW of total power and 800 Nm of torque. The front axle of the Audi A6 e-tron concept uses a five-spoke link specially optimized for electric vehicles, and a multi-link connection is used on the rear axle. The concept car is equipped with adaptive shock absorbers and Audi air suspension.
A6 Avant e-tron – storage champion
At the heart of the powertrain technology of the Audi A6 Avant e-tron concept and all future PPE models will be 800-volt charging technology. Like the Audi e-tron GT quattro before it, this allows the battery to be charged up to 270 kW in a very short time at fast charging stations. This revolutionary technology will enter the high-volume mid-range and upper segments for the first time with PPE.
Thus, the A6 Avant will be a storage champion not only with its spacious trunk, but also in two senses. PPE technology allows charging times close to the refueling time required for vehicles powered by internal combustion engines. The battery can be charged in just 300 minutes to provide a range of over 10 kilometers. In addition, the 6 kWh battery of the Audi A100 Avant e-tron concept can be charged from 5 percent to 80 percent in less than 25 minutes.
Models in the Audi A6 e-tron family offer enhanced long-distance compatibility with a range of up to 700 kilometers, depending on the powertrain and power version. Moreover, the close range and charging times of internal combustion engines make them universal cars, from short trips such as daily shopping to long trips.
Like most electric cars, the Audi A6 e-tron concept outperforms its internal combustion engine rivals in terms of driving dynamics. Even the base versions designed for efficiency can complete 0-100 km/h acceleration in less than seven seconds, thanks to the high torque available from the first start. On top-of-the-line high-performance models, this can even be reduced to under four seconds.
PPE – versatile, variable, electric
Audi's first all-electric mass production vehicle, the Audi e-tron, started hitting the roads in 2018. Since then, the brand has made progress systematically and rapidly by popularizing electric transportation in its entire product range. Following the Audi e-tron SUV and e-tron Sportback models, the highly dynamic e-tron GT quattro was introduced in February 2021, building on the new technology platform developed in partnership with Porsche AG. Just two months later, two extremely unique SUVs were introduced, the Audi Q4 e-tron and the Q4 Sportback e-tron, developed using the Volkswagen Group's MEB platform, a common technological platform for the compact segment.
The Audi A6 e-tron Sportback and Avant concept cars are the first members of a completely new vehicle family based on another innovative technology platform: Premium Platform Electric, or PPE for short. This platform will be used initially in the C-segment and later also in the B and D-segments. This modular system is being developed with Porsche AG under the leadership of Audi. The first mass-produced Audi models built on the PPE platform will be introduced consecutively from 2023.
PPE is the first platform designed to accommodate a range of high-volume cars, apart from high-ground SUVs and CUVs, including lower cars that are part of Audi's core product range, such as the Audi A6. Audi also has plans to use the PPE platform in the B segment, where it has reached high volumes over the decades. Moreover, PPE is a technological platform that can also be used in the D segment.
With PPE, electric vehicles now appeal to customers who prefer automobile concepts beyond the SUV segment, such as the Avant, which is characteristic of the brand.
As a result, Audi can effectively expand the range of electric vehicles in its portfolio through the high-volume B and C segments. In addition, economies of scale will allow high-end technologies and different model versions to be incorporated into a wide range of models.
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