Audi unveiled a China-exclusive Audi A6 L e-tron plug-in hybrid model in April, which we turn the spotlight on to today.
The plug-in hybrid powertrain model is employed in the China-only long-wheelbase version. Visual cues that make the e-tron model distinctive are the LED light guides in the air inlets, 18-inch e-tron design alloy wheels, e-tron badges on the fenders and the trunk lid, and a rear diffuser that conceals the tailpipes.
The plug-in hybrid powertrain comprises a 2.0-litre four-cylinder TFSI petrol engine that produces 211 hp and 350 Nm of torque and a disc-shaped electric motor that generates 220 Nm of torque. The net output of the powertrain is 245 hp and 500 Nm of torque. An 8-speed tiptronic transmission transfers the power to the front wheels.
The electric motor gets driven by a lithium-ion battery located beneath the luggage compartment. The battery comprises of 104 cells and stores 14.1 kWh of energy. When charging the battery from a typical household outlet in China, the full charge time is about eight hours. However, from a high-power industrial outlet and high-power charging cable, this can be reduced to about two hours.
The car’s pure-electric driving mode can be used for speeds up to 135 km/h and up to a distance of 50 km. The plug-in hybrid setup provides a total driving range of 880 km.
The car has a kerb weight of a little over 2,000 kg. The eco-friendly model sprints from 0-100 km/h in 8.4 seconds and is capable of hitting a top speed of 210 km/h (electronically-limited). In China, the A6L e-tron consumes 2.2 litres of petrol per 100 km, and the CO2 emissions figure is rated at 52 g/km.
The Audi A6 L e-tron will be produced jointly by Audi and FAW-Volkswagen at the Changchun plant in China, and be launched in the market in 2016.