Audi has added the A6 executive saloon to its plug-in hybrid range with the new Audi A6 55 TFSI e, which UK customers should be able to order from next month for delivery in early 2020. The new model combines a 252PS TFSI engine with a 105 kW electric motor to give the car powerful performance with an impressive 367PS system output and quattro drive as standard, as well as the ability to drive for up to 32 miles in electric mode with zero emissions.
With electric and hybrid vehicles becoming increasingly popular, Audi has five plug-in hybrid models scheduled for introduction onto the market in the second half of 2019.
The new A6 joins A7, A8, Q5 and Q7 variants which also go by the name of TFSI e. The A6, just like all the other Audi plug-in hybrid models, combines two highly efficient drive systems. With its four-cylinder 2.0 TFSI petrol engine with 252PS and electric motor integrated into the seven-speed S tronic with a peak output of 105kW. This gives the car a total system output of 270kW (367PS) and the impressive full 500Nm of system torque is on tap from just 1,250rpm. The car’s lithium-ion battery stores 14.1kWh of energy and is positioned at the back of the car.
With quattro all-wheel drive as standard, the A6 55 TFSI e accelerates from 0-62mph in a quick 5.6 seconds and will reach a top speed of 155mph. Impressively, in pure electric power, the A6 55 TFSI e is capable of a top speed of 83mph.
Director of Audi UK Andrew Doyle says that “Hybrid power is a particularly good fit for our customers in the executive class. There is of course a commuting element to their usage, but long distances are also traditionally covered by cars in this segment. The potential to make journeys of over 30 miles under pure electric power, and to travel for hundreds more thanks to the powerful TFSI unit, makes the A6 TFSI e exceptionally fit for purpose, even before the BIK and VED advantages that its strong efficiency focus bring are taken into account.”
When driving, you can choose between the three drive modes: “EV” for all-electric driving, “Hybrid” for the efficient combination of both drive types and “Hold” to conserve the electrical energy available at any given time. When in “Hybrid” mode the predictive operating strategy ensures maximum efficiency and the maximum possible amount of electric driving.
The Audi A6 55 TFSI e quattro can be charged at public charging stations up to an output of 7.4kW using the mode 3 cable which is supplied with the car. It will take about two-and-a-half hours to recharge an empty high-voltage battery.
The new car also gets a styling makeover with lowered sports suspension, Matrix LED lighting, privacy glazing and a black styling package using the S line sports specification as its standard trim level.
For more information on the new Audi A6 55 TFSI e quattro please visit: www.audi.co.uk
Simon Burrell is Editor of Our Man Behind The Wheel, a professional photographer and former saloon car racing driver.
Photographs courtesy of Audi UK