This is some serious e-volution! You’re looking at the Audi A6 e-tron concept, a fully-electric luxury premiers the brand’s future PPE platform that will underpin C and B segment electric vehicles beginning 2022. The A6 e-tron concept does wear the A6 emblem but the only thing it has in common with the current A6 is its dimensions.
Large 22-inch wheels and short overhangs, the flat cabin, and the wide coupe roof arch give the A6 e-tron concept proportions distinctly reminiscent of a sports car. The slope of the rear side window is a typical feature of Audi Sportback design and the eye-catching quattro wheel arches effectively accentuate the width of the body.
Look closely and you’ll notice three small, high-resolution LED projectors are built in into each side of the body, transforming the ground beneath into a stage when the doors are opened. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg in terms of lighting technology. Equipped with Digital Matrix LED front headlights, passengers will be able to play video games at cinematic quality, with the possibility of the projections being thrown at a wall. Looks like Audi has found the perfect way of killing time while the vehicle’s being charged.
The A6 e-tron will be powered by two electric motors that deliver 463bhp and 800Nm of torque, enabling it to achieve 100kmph in under four seconds. The front wheels of the Audi A6 e-tron concept are connected via a five-link axle specially optimized for electric vehicles, with a multi-link axle in the rear. The concept car features Audi air suspension with adaptive dampers.
Yes, it’s truly fascinating. But more importantly, the A6 e-tron concept underpins a completely new technology architecture, the “Premium Platform Electric,” or PPE. Developed jointly with Porsche, it is said to be the technology platform for the Groups vehicles in the future. The use of the entire vehicle base makes it possible to achieve a relatively flat layout for the battery, enabling to use the same platform for both vehicles with high ground clearance and vehicles with a flat architecture, without any changes to the basic architecture.
To put it simply, PPE is the first platform designed by Audi that will be used to accommodate an unprecedented range of high-volume automobiles – including SUVs and CUVs with a high ground clearance as well as cars with a low ride height that are part of Audi’s core product range, Also, there are plans to expand the PPE range into the B-segment, which has been the highest-volume market segment for Audi for decades. And even when it comes to the top-of-the-line D-segment, the PPE is an excellent technological platform to build on. Now that’s one versatile platform that we are talking about, and going by the brand’s ambitious claims, we expect the architect to be used on a lot of their upcoming electric cars.