When Audi first unwrapped its newest EV project, the Audi A6 e-tron, it raised the eyebrows of enthusiasts, with its surprisingly handsome shape. However, there seemed to be one question stemming from the auto enthusiast world — why isn’t it actually called an A7 e-tron?
The swoopy styling of the Audi A6 e-tron is actually more akin to the A7 than the A6, which is confusing a lot of fans. However, Audi does have an answer as to why it shares its name with the A6 and not the A7.
“We really wanted to stress that it belongs to the A6 model family. The A7 is a very successful derivative of the A6 family, and it’s independent enough for its own name. But with the derivatives that could come later, the A6 seemed to us to be the more logical choice.” Johannes Arneth, development chief for the Audi PPE architecture, told Autocar.
That leads us to believe that there’s going to be some sort of Audi A7 e-tron in the future that will feature a swoopier roofline than the A6 e-tron and a hatchback trunk, like the standard A7. So while the Audi A6 e-tron does look more like the A7, there’s likely going to be an actual A7 e-tron. Seeing as Arneth claimed both models to be successful enough in their own rights, it would only make sense to have to separate electric models as well. Or at least keep the possibility for both open.
Arneth also hinted to Autocar that there may even be an Audi A6 e-tron Avant on the horizon, which an A7 e-tron would not have. So not only does that make sense but it also gets us incredibly excited about the possibility of an all-electric Audi A6 Avant with the A6 e-tron’s styling. Does that mean there’s going to be an Audi RS6 e-tron Avant? we can only dream.