Audi has announced that local production of the A6 L e-tron in China will start in 2016. The very fuel-efficient and powerful A6 L e-tron sedan was developed especially for the market in China. The plug-in hybrid drive produces 180 kW (245 hp) and boasts an average fuel consumption of only 2.2 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (106.9 US mpg).
The automaker had launched the e-tron era in the Chinese market with the imported A3 Sportback e-tron in 2015. The A6 L e-tron is derived from the long version of the Audi A6, which is already in production in China. It has the configuration of a very efficient parallel hybrid, which means that its two drives are positioned one directly at the back of the other.
The 2.0 TFSI is a highly advanced, four-cylinder gasoline engine that can deliver 155 kW (211 hp) and 350 Nm (258.1 lb-ft) of torque. It is equipped with a disk-shaped electric motor that produces 91 kW and 220 Nm (162.3 lb-ft) of torque. When working with a decoupler, this is integrated into the eight-speed tiptronic transmission, shifting the power to the front wheels.
It has a system output of 180 kW (245 hp) and has a maximum system torque of 500 Nm (368.8 lb-ft). A sporty performance is delivered by the Audi A6 L e-tron, which has a curb weight of slightly above 2,000 kilograms (4,409.2 lb). Sprinting from zero to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) takes only 8.4 seconds. It is capable of reaching a limited top speed of 210 km/h (130.5 mph).
Under China’s way of measuring fuel economy, the Audi A6 L e-tron can consume only 2.2 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (106.9 US mpg) and has CO2 emissions of 52 grams CO2 per kilometer (83.7 g/mi). On purely electric power, the Audi A6 L e-tron 2.0 TFSI can be driven 50 kilometers (31.1 mi) without local emissions.
This means that it can be considered as what the Chinese refer to as a New Energy Vehicle. It has a total range of 880 kilometers (546.8 mi). It is powered by a 104-cell lithium-ion battery that is capable of storing 14.1 kWh of energy. The battery is placed under the luggage compartment. Its capacity has been slightly reduced to 340 liters (11.9 cu ft).
As a result, the car has enough stowage space for lengthier trips. With the new two-phase charging technology, charging can be done with 7.2 kW of power. It takes around two hours for a full charge if a high-power charging cable is used with the right infrastructure (high-power industrial outlet). But the process takes longer than 8 hours on a typical household outlet in China.
The Audi A6 L e-tron is operated by the intelligent hybrid management system. Four driving modes are available to the driver. The first – the “EV” (electric vehicle) mode -- prioritizes electric driving during speeds of up to 135 km/h (83.9 mph). If the “hybrid” mode is chosen, the hybrid management system determines the drive type to achieve the highest possible efficiency.
If the driver opts for the “battery hold” mode, the system stores electrical energy and the battery is charged in “battery charge” mode. The e-tron is then able to drive in hybrid mode but the two drives deactivate when the driver doesn’t step on the accelerator anymore. When the electric motor assumes most of the braking, the battery gets charged.
It’s only during heavy braking that the hydraulic brakes are activated. Details about the drivetrain and the battery levels are seen on the displays. If you want to know the total system output, just look at the powermeter in the instrument cluster. The hybrid system’s energy flows are seen in the monitor for the MMI navigation plus.
Meanwhile, the driver information system is where the driver can see the range and consumption figures for electricity and gasoline. Audi’s plug-in hybrid models are easy to distinguish if you know what to look out for.
Among the visual cues are a set of 18-inch alloy wheels that have the delicate e-tron design and LED light guides in the air inlets that produce a signature of staggered lines. There are e-tron badges on the fenders and the trunk lid and the exhaust system tailpipes are concealed by the diffuser. [source: Audi]