We’ve seen Audi roll out a plan to make plug-in hybrid technology available for their whole range back in Geneva last march, and it appears they’re churning out Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV) by the month as 2019 draws to a close. Considering we’ve seen PHEV versions of the A7 Sportback, A8, and even towards their Q5 and Q7 crossovers, there’s no surprise that their venerable mid-size offering, the A6 gets a fair share of the tech as well.
As is parlance with Audi styling, the Audi A6 55 TFSI e Quattro (that’s quite a mouthful name, huh?) does little on the outside to distinguish itself as a partially-electric model. From the looks of it most of the standard A6 exterior will be utilized with S-line and black styling trims becoming available as options. Other add-ons include matrix LED headlights, 19-inch wheels (with red brake calipers), sport suspension, Audi Virtual Cockpit, sport seats, and four-zone climate control.
The true talking point for the plug-in hybrid A6 however is its choice of powertrain. Making way for a host of electric bits, the internal combustion side of things is now relegated to a 2.0L Turbo four cylinder TFSI unit pushing 248 PS. This unit is then paired with an electric motor generating 141 PS to give a combined output of about 360 PS. Torque is rated at 500 Nm at a staggeringly low 1,250 rpm. That’s pretty much all the punch at one prod of the throttle.
All these stats allow the A6 55 TFSI E Quattro to do away with 0-100 km/h sprints in 5.6 seconds while reaching a top speed of 250 km/h. Should you choose to use the electric motor alone, it can reach a top speed of 135 km/h and will supposedly run about 53 km worth of range based on the WLPT range cycle. The energy required to propel and sustain the A6 is stored in a 14.1 kWh battery pack that can be plugged and charged at public stations at an output of 7.4 kW.
Orders for the Audi A6 55 TFSI E Quattro are being accepted in Germany with a starting price tag of €68,850 (PHP 3.9 million) without options.