Audi A6 L e-tron Concept blends hybrid performance, luxury accommodation

Andross Moonah - CAP staff
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Audi's e-tron line is a collection of electric and hybrid models that was inaugurated with the original e-tron electric concept car of 2009. Since that time, Audi has confirmed the production of A1 e-tron and A3 e-tron test vehicles in order to garner customer feedback about the e-tron experience. The German automaker also recently debuted the A6 L e-tron Concept at Auto China 2012 in Beijing.

The A6 L e-tron Concept is based on Audi's A6 L sedan, a long-wheelbase version of the recently redesigned Audi A6 sedan. Though the A6 L and A6 L e-tron Concept both cater to Chinese consumers and not North Americans, the A6 L e-tron Concept provides a preview of the technologies and styling that Audi may offer North Americans in the coming years.

A 2.0-litre TFSI engine (that's turbo fuel stratified injection) provides 211 horsepower for the A6 L e-tron Concept and is complemented by a 95-horsepower electric motor, for a total of 306 horsepower. The gasoline-electric hybrid powertrain also features a liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery located in a collision-protected space at the rear of the vehicle. Audi has engineered the A6 L e-tron Concept to operate with either its gas engine, its electric motor, or with both units while in hybrid mode. When set to electric mode, Audi says the A6 L e-tron Concept can travel a distance of up to 80 km while maintaining a constant speed of 60 km/h.

The A6 L e-tron Concept is hunkered down over 21-inch wheels and features LED headlights and a single-frame grille at the front. At the rear, the concept sports an integrated rear diffuser and a small e-tron badge; one of the few indications of this concept's unique powertrain.

Inside, the big hybrid sedan is nearly identical to other current Audi models. The A6 L e-tron Concept also features ventilated and massaging seats, a Bose surround sound system, Multi Media Interface (MMI) navigation plus, and MMI touch. One intrinsic difference of the A6 L e-tron Concept is the powermeter, which is used in place of a traditional tachometer. The powermeter indicates total drive system power from zero to 100 percent.

Like other Audi models, the A6 L e-tron Concept features electronic stabilization control, Audi active lane assist for helping to keep the vehicle in its lane, Audi side assist to help during lane changes, a night vision assistant to aid during nighttime visibility and a parking assistant.

Audi's A6 L e-tron Concept features a host of technologies that are already production-ready, and while it was conceived for Chinese consumers, this luxury hybrid concept exhibits the future of Audi vehicles for all markets.
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Topics: Hybrid, Luxury Sedan, Audi, 2012, A6 L e-tron Concept,

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