It only has a four-cylinder engine, but the electric motor adds a nice boost.
Following a preview of its plug-in hybrid portfolio at the Geneva Motor Show back in March, Audi is electrifying its vast lineup from top to bottom. We’ve seen PHEV versions of the A8 Saloon flagship, A7 Sportback, along with the Q7 and Q5 SUVs, and now it’s the A6 Saloon’s turn to earn an extra fuel cap that conceals the charging port.
At the heart of the Audi A6 55 TFSI e quattro (not the best name, eh?) is “only” a turbo four-pot with a 2.0-litre displacement and an output rated at 248 bhp. The TFSI unit works together with an electric motor that offers a more than decent 141 bhp to enable a combined output of 362 bhp and an ample 369 pound-feet of torque from a low 1,250 rpm. The same setup can also be found in the Q5 55 TFSI e quattro.
Thanks to the electrified powertrain, the A6 in PHEV guise needs only 5.6 seconds for the 0 to 62 mph run and tops out at 155 mph or 84 mph when it’s driven in electric mode. Speaking of which, shut off the combustion engine and the large executive saloon will cover as much as 33 miles based on the WLTP procedure. The energy necessary is stored in a 14.1-kWh battery pack that can be recharged at a public station up to an output of 7.4 kW.
Audi will sell the new A6 55 TFSI e quattro with S line and black styling packages as well as a wide array of goodies: matrix LED headlights, 19-inch wheels (with red brake calipers), sport suspension, Audi Virtual Cockpit, sport seats, and four-zone climate control.
Audi's PHEV portfolio is expanding:
- 2020 Audi A7 Sportback E Quattro PHEV debuts with 25-mile EV range
- Audi A8 and Q7 plug-in hybrids revealed
No UK market details have been confirmed yet, however, it can already be ordered in Germany where it kicks off at €68,850 (approx. £59,200) before options. Bear in mind it’s not the first A6 to get the plug-in hybrid treatment as the previous-generation model in the long-wheelbase guise spawned an E-Tron variant in China in 2015. The non-hybrid A6 is actually way older than that, having debuted late 2010.