Unveiled: 2012 Audi A6 L e-tron Concept
This morning, Audi unveiled it's latest e-tron hybrid vehicle, the first full-size, luxury e-tron vehicle the company has created. Although this version of the Audi A6 L is a concept, Audi is planning on introducing an new, long wheelbase A6 into the Chinese market later this year, without the parallel hybrid powertrain. The A6 L e-tron concept is powered by the standard, and fantastic 211-hp, 2.0-liter TFSI® paired with a 95-hp electric motor and liquid-cooled Li+(that symbology for lithium-ion) batteries. Audi claims that the vehicle can run solely on electric power for up to 50 miles (80 km) at a constant speed of 60 mph. That should be enough for your average diplomat to cruise around the Forbidden City a couple of times on their way out to dinner. Most importantly, it will have zero emissions during that outing, something which China is in dire need of based on their current air quality.
The styling of the A6 L e-tron is typical Audi e-tron, with the clean multi-slat grille and massively multi-spoked 21" wheels. The wheelbase is about an inch longer than the normal A6 and overall length has grown by four inches. However, information on how the rear legroom has grown is not available, but the car cuts a nice, long executive image.
Interior changes are fairly minimal in this e-tron version, with the tachometer replaced with a 0-100% power gauge. You still get the impressive Audi MMI® touch system that can recognize 29,000 hand-drawn Chinese characters, possibly the car's most impressive feature.
It's unlikely that this concept will see heavy production, although an A6L hybrid may join the A8 and A5 hybrid offerings from one of China's best selling brands.
Engine: 2.0L 4-cylinder / Electric
Horsepower: 306 hp (211 hp + 95 hp electric motor)
Car Type: Luxury, Sedan
See more of the 2012 Audi A6 L e-tron Concept here