A

Audi unveils China-only A6 L e-tron

Audi is introducing the A6 L e-tron plug-in hybrid which will be commercialized starting next year only in China. As the name suggests, it’s based on the locally produced long wheelbase version of the A6 mid-size sedan but it comes with a plug-in hybrid arrangement encompassing a TFSI 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine teamed up with an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery back.

The combustion engine develops 211 PS and 350 Nm and works closely together with the disc-shaped electric motor which produces 124 PS and 220 Nm. This creates a combined output of 245 PS and 500 Nm which is enough muscle to allow the vehicle hit 100 km/h from a standstill in a respectable 8.4 seconds. Tipping the scales at just over 2,000 kg, the Audi A6 L e-tron plug-in hybrid is able to achieve a top speed of 210 km/h in hybrid mode while running solely on electric power allows a 135 km/h maximum speed.

Amazingly, the model consumes just 2.2 liters / 100 km so it has CO2 emissions of only 52 g/km while the 14.1 kWh battery grants an all-electric range of up to 50 km. When driven in hybrid mode, the plug-in hybrid A6 should be able to cover as much as 880 km.

Adrian Padeanu

Long-time fan of the fabled Four Rings.