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The Audi A6 E-Tron Concept Will Head Into Production Next Year: Report

A new report says production of the electric sedan could start as soon as 2023.

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Audi is doing everything it can to make concept cars more than just something to dream about.

The German marque plans to put its well-received A6 e-tron concept into production, just as it did with the e-tron GT before it, CNET Roadshow reports. Even more exciting, the car could make its debut as soon as next year, with a release expected to follow in 2023.

It’s been clear since the fully electric prototype made its debut at Auto Shanghai this spring that there was a very real chance it would go into production. Audi even said at the time that it expected a final version to look “95 percent” like the concept. It now appears that the finished sedan will arrive sooner than later, with a spokesperson confirming to CNET that the automaker will unveil the production version sometime in 2022. The year after that, the EV will go into production.

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Representatives for Audi did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Robb Report.

Audi A6 e-tron concept

Audi A6 e-tron concept  Audi

When it does debut, expect the A6 e-tron to be one of the sleekest electric sedans on the market. The concept’s exterior is a bold refinement of the brand’s current design language. For starters, a striking Singleframe grille is winged by ultra-thin headlights. From the there, the car’s soft lines flow over shaved-down doors to render a seamless, stylized Sportback profile. The brand’s first EVs, like the e-tron GT, all looks pretty slick, but this model is easily the prettiest.

The A6 e-tron will also likely be the first battery-powered Audi to ride on parent company Volkswagen Group’s Premium Platform Electric (PPe) platform. The new electrical architecture features two motors, making the sedan all-wheel drive, and can generate a combined 469 hp and 590 ft lbs of torque. The marque also claims that the car will be able to go 450 miles on a single charge, which is further than any EV currently on the market. New 800-volt charging tech will allow drivers to add 186 miles of range in just 10 minutes and go from 10- to 80-percent battery capacity in a half hour.

It’s both exciting and surprising that Audi is starting to view its concept vehicles more as rough drafts for future models than flights of fancy. It’s also a dynamic we hope other brands begin to emulate. The roads will be better for it.

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