Audi has revealed the A6 L e-tron Concept – a long-wheelbase version of the firm’s best-selling model in China, fitted with a plug-in hybrid powertrain.
It gets a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine with 208bhp paired to a 94bhp electric motor. Audi says that an electric range of 50 miles is possible, based on a constant speed of 37mph. In the real world the range will probably be nearer half that figure.
Visual tweaks differentiate the e-tron from the standard A6, such as the 21-inch multi-spoke alloys and a fresh chrome grille. There’s also a bespoke rear bumper and exhaust set-up.
The long wheelbase model has been stretched by around 10cm between the axles to ensure passengers in the rear have extra legroom. Audi has previously said that the stretched A6 is designed primarily for the Chinese market, so it probably won’t make it to the UK.
However, this plug-in hybrid powertrain gives us a good idea of the next-generation of Audi hybrid technology. Currently, models like the A8 Hybrid and upcoming A6 Hybrid can only travel a mile or two on electric power.