Audi has taken the wraps of the A6 L e-tron plug-in hybrid set to be offered exclusively on the Chinese market.
Developed specifically for the local market, the China-built e-tron version of the long wheelbase A6 adopts a plug-in hybrid setup consisting of a four-cylinder 2.0-liter TFSI engine working together with an electric motor. The conventional engine puts out 211 PS (155 kW) and 350 Nm (258 lb-ft) while the disc-shaped electric motor is good enough for an extra 124 PS (91 kW) and an instant torque of 220 Nm (162 lb-ft). This hardware arrangement grants the mid-size plug-in hybrid model with a combined output of 245 PS (180 kW) and 500 Nm (369 lb-ft).
It tips the scales at a little over 2,000 kg (4,409 lbs) and will need 8.4 seconds to cover the 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) run before being electronically-limited to a top speed of 131 mph (210 km/h) or 84 mph (135 km/h) when running solely on electric power. And now for the most interesting part, using the Chinese measurement method has resulted in a fuel consumption of only 2.2 liters / 100 km (106.9 mpg US or 128.4 mpg UK), with corresponding CO2 emissions of just 52 g/km.
Thanks to a 14.1 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, the Audi A6 L e-tron is able to run in electric mode for as much as 31 miles (50 km) before running out of juice while the total range stands at 547 miles (880 km).
In terms of design, the model can be visually distinguished thanks to its unique 18-inch e-tron alloy wheels along with LED light guides in the air inlets. It's wearing an Explore Blue exterior paint scheme and has been adorned with e-tron badges on the fenders and trunk lid while the rear bumper incorporates the dual exhaust tailpipes.
Audi says the A6 L e-tron plug-in hybrid will go on sale in China next year after kicking off production at the factory in Changchun.