Audi is leaping on the rising electrical govt bandwagon with the A6 Avant e-tron, a 4.96-metre lengthy behemoth of a luxurious idea automobile that can even characteristic excessive definition LED matrix headlights that can be utilized to beam video video games onto partitions.
The A6 Avant electrical wagon idea comes virtually 12 months because the German carmaker first debuted the electrical A6 electrical sedan idea with a projected 700km vary, which is predicted to reach (in Europe no less than) in late 2022.
The A6 Avant E-Tron idea is predicated on the brand new PPE platform that the Ingolstadt-based firm developed with Porsche to underpin future electrical fashions from the compact to the posh class.
And though it’s for now solely an idea, Audi board member for technical improvement Oliver Hoffmann says the A6 Avant e-tron is “a totally tangible take a look at future manufacturing fashions on our new PPE know-how platform.”
Just like the Porsche Taycan and Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo, with which it shares the PPE platform, the A6 Avant e-tron will characteristic an 800-volt structure, 270 kW of charging capability, and ship the identical WLTP vary of as much as 700 kilometers, he says.
It’s based mostly on the proportions and look of the traditional A6 fashions, however offers away its electrical drive know-how by a closed entrance grille, further brief overhangs and aerodynamically designed physique. Enormous 22-inch rims spell out the A6 Avant e-tron’s sportscar DNA.
On the rear, there’s a steady gentle band product of OLED know-how that permit particular person and dynamic lighting eventualities, and which Audi says will improve car visibility on darkish roads. Different lighting items on the flanks are used to venture warning indicators or indicators onto the asphalt.
However maybe probably the most intriguing additions are the LED matrix headlights that, Audi says, may even be used to venture a online game onto a wall, reaching “virtually” cinematic high quality pictures.
To do that, the car should be charged in, and it does beg the query: will we be seeing video games on partitions in purchasing middle automobile parks or at quick chargers whereas occupants look forward to the automobile to high up? Presumably the world will must be considerably darkish to venture brightly sufficient.
When the A6 e-tron comes onto the market, Audi will initially proceed to supply the traditional mannequin and its successor – no less than in chosen international locations: the Volkswagen subsidiary has no plans to go absolutely electrical till 2033.
Based on Audi, the design is already very near sequence manufacturing, and any adjustments would solely be on minor particulars. What the inside and cockpit will seem like nevertheless remains to be underneath wraps.
Nonetheless, it’s not unreasonable to surmise that due to A6 Avant e-tron’s virtually 5 meters size and the dearth of cardan tunnel normal in a automobile with conventional combustion drivetrain, there shall be oodles of legroom for driver and passengers alike.
Bridie Schmidt is affiliate editor for The Pushed, sister web site of Renew Financial system. She has been writing about electrical automobiles since 2018, and has a eager curiosity within the function that zero-emissions transport has to play in sustainability. She has participated in podcasts comparable to Obtain This Present with Marc Fennell and Shirtloads of Science with Karl Kruszelnicki and is co-organiser of the Northern Rivers Electrical Automobile Discussion board. Bridie additionally owns a Tesla Mannequin 3 and has it accessible for rent on evee.com.au.