The winter testing season in the automotive industry is underway and many car manufacturers are currently in northern Europe to evaluate their upcoming products in winter conditions. This test procedure is particularly useful for new electric vehicles as they require extra attention due to the nature of their power source. Audi is now taking the A6 E-Tron to Scandinavia with full body camouflage, but there are already some interesting details that can already be seen.
This prototype features production lights on all four corners. The electric vehicle from Ingolstadt will feature two rows of lights in the front following a trend that continues to be popular in the industry. As far as we know, the top row will serve as daytime running lights and running lights, while the bottom row will house the driving lights. A closed grille sits between the clusters and there is a small trapezoidal grille in the lower part of the bumper.
The side profile of the A6 E-Tron strongly reminds us of the Tesla Model 3, although the German EV is slightly larger. At the rear, the lights have a design with individual LED elements in the fenders and the trunk lid. The turn signal could be animated, but we can’t confirm that at this point. Overall, this prototype looks a lot like the A6 E-Tron concept, which is a good thing since the show car was a nice looking machine.
Running on the Premium Platform Electric (PPE) architecture, the electric vehicle will likely share some components with the upcoming electric Porsche Macan, which will be based on the same platform. We don’t know much about the A6’s powertrain, although the concept has a two-motor system with an output of 470 horsepower (350 kilowatts) and 590 pound-feet (800 Newton-meters). The concept vehicle was capable of reaching 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) from a standstill in less than 4.0 seconds.
However, potential EV buyers will be more interested in the A6 E-Tron range and the concept had a lot to offer. With a 100 kilowatt-hour battery mounted in the ground, it had an estimated range of over 435 miles (700 kilometers) under WLTP. An impressive fast charge of up to 270 kilowatts should provide enough juice for another 300 km in around 10 minutes. If the characteristics of the production version are similar to those of the concept, we will be dealing with a serious competitor in the premium segment.