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2024 Audi A6 E-Tron spy photo: Audi’s Tesla Model S rival takes shape

Audi’s A6 family is about to be expanded with an electric member and a newly discovered prototype.

The electric variant, the A6 E-Tron, was first launched by Audi in 2021 with a thinly covered concept version. The automaker followed up the original idea with an A6 Avant E-Tron concept earlier this year, strongly suggesting that the A6 E-Tron would be offered in both sedan and wagon body styles (Avant is Audi’s name for wagons).

2024 Audi A6 E-Tron spy photo: Audi's Tesla Model S rival takes shape
2024 Audi A6 E-Tron spy photo: Audi’s Tesla Model S rival takes shape

The A6 E-Tron production is confirmed to launch in 2023, meaning we will likely see it to dealers in the form of a 2024 model. It will compete with the Mercedes-Benz EQE sedan launched in 2023, as well as premium versions of the Tesla Model S hatchback.

As our spy photos show, the production A6 E-Tron will be almost identical to the stunning concept. This concept has a length of 195.3 inches, which is about the size of the internal combustion engine-powered A6, and we suspect the production version will be of this size as well.

Of course there will be some differences, like the slightly higher ground clearance, as well as the actual side rearview mirror instead of the camera stalk of the exhibition car. The LED bar that formed the taillights of the concept model is also missing here, although we expect this to appear on the production model.

You’ll notice that the headlights here are also formed from dual elements, where the concept only has thin slots at the top forming daytime running lights. A similar design will appear on the related Q6 E-Tron SUV that will launch later this year.

Both the Q6 E-Tron and A6 E-Tron will be among the first cars to be based on the Volkswagen Group’s PPE (Premium Platform Electric) modular EV platform, which was developed primarily by Audi and Porsche. The first Porsche to use the platform will be the electric Macan in 2023.

Audi has confirmed that the A6 E-Tron will offer single-engine rear-wheel drive and dual-engine all-wheel drive. Audi used the dual-engine setup in the concept, with 469 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque. The concept is also said to be equipped with a 100 kilowatt-hour battery for a range of more than 300 kilometers and capable of charging from 5-80% in less than 25 minutes thanks to 800 volt technology. We can also see the high-performance RS 6 E-Tron with over 600 hp from Audi Sport participants.

Drivetrain with 800-volt system voltage

Although Audi is about to launch the A6 E-Tron, the current internal combustion engine model will still exist for the next few years. Audi is planning a slight update to keep the car fresh next to its new electric sibling. However, starting in 2026, Audi will only launch EVs.

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