Electric SUVs are being released left, right and centre, and with a commanding driving position and ‘do it all’ attitude, there’s every reason why you’d want one.
But if you’re looking for the maximum bang for your buck when it comes to load-lugging abilities, a super-practical estate is often an even safer bet.
The problem is that if you’re hankering for an all-electric estate, your options aren’t quite as diverse as they might be, particularly if you want a luxurious one. You’ve got, of course, the estate variant of the Porsche Taycan, as well as the new MG5 EV, but there isn’t really an equivalent in the BMW or Mercedes-Benz range and with Audi the closest you’ll get, thus far, is the e-tron crossover.
Things could be about to change, though...
It’s just a concept, for now, but with a lot of lease customers clamouring for just the thing, we wouldn’t be surprised to see the A6 Avant e-tron becoming a copper-bottomed reality in the months to come.
It will sit on Audi’s ‘PPE’ electric platform, which uses the entire vehicle base to house the enormous battery.
Oliver Hoffmann, Audi Board Member for Technical Development, says:
“With the Audi A6 Avant e-tron concept, we are offering a completely tangible look at future production models on our new PPE technology platform.
“We’re not just electrifying the Avant’s successful 45-year history. What we want most of all is to use technical skills to add an exclamation point. In particular, this includes powerful 800-volt technology, 270 kW of charging capacity, and a WLTP range of up to 700 kilometres (435 miles).”
The Audi A6 Avant e-tron concept has two electric motors capable of delivering power of up to 469 PS and 800Nm of torque. To put that into context, it’s almost on a par with the Porsche Taycan 4 Cross Turismo, which has power of 476 PS and a range of up to 283 miles between charges.
Audi says its PPE technology means that charging times ‘come close to a conventional stop to refuel a car powered by a combustion engine’.
And that’s almost true. Just 10 minutes is enough time to charge the battery to a level sufficient to power the car for more than 186 miles. And in less than 25 minutes, you can charge the Audi A6 Avant e-tron concept’s 100kWh battery from 5 to 80 percent.
As Audi points out, it makes the A6 Avant e-tron real-world comfortable when you’re either running to the supermarket or heading for a fully-loaded family holiday.
Entry models should be able to accelerate from 0-62mph in less than seven seconds. And in the top-of-the-line, high-performance versions, this sprint can even be reduced to well under four seconds.
You can also expect large 22-inch wheels and short overhangs, a dynamic roof arch that gives the Avant ‘proportions that are distinctly reminiscent of a sports car’, and high-tech flourishes throughout, including turn signals projected onto the ground, and the ability to project video games or movies onto a wall in front of you via the Matrix LED headlights, rather than having to watch it on a small screen in the cabin.
We’ll bring you further details as and when they’re announced.
Enjoyed this? Read more of our latest news:
- ‘Bold, playful’ Abarth 595 and 695 receives updates for 2022
A very specific law exists to protect school lollipop operatives
Leasing solutions in the modern age with Alice Olins of Step Up Club
All-electric Kia EV9 SUV set for UK launch
Lotus Eletre is ‘world’s first electric hyper-SUV’
Where To Next?
For all the latest reviews, advice and new car deals, sign up to our newsletter.
Looking for a great electric leasing deal? Check out our incredible range of special offers.
Read our latest reviews and find the right model for you.
Want to know more about leasing? Take a look at our comprehensive leasing guides.
Interested in everything motoring? Why not catch up on all the latest car leasing news.