Audi A6 L e-tron Concept: 2012 Beijing Auto Show Debut
Posted on , by Nick Preston
The Audi A6 L e-tron concept, grouped under the e-tron label for electric vehicles, is based on an extended wheelbase version of the latest generation A6 and its been revealed at the 2012 Beijing Auto Show.
The concept’s advanced drivetrain previews the plug-in hybrid technology that Audi plans to launch from 2014 onwards.
This A6 L e-tron concept which was revealed today, is powered by a 2-litre four-cylinder engine producing 211bhp connected in parallel to an electric motor with a peak output of 95bhp. A liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery is positioned in a collision-protected space at the rear of the vehicle.
In pure electric mode, the Audi A6 L e-tron can travel up to 50 miles at a constant speed of 37 mph. A hybrid control module selects the best suited operating mode dependant on driving range. In addition, energy produced by deceleration can be recovered, or it can increase output power for more powerful acceleration by combining the two drive-modes.
Inside, a “powermeter” replaces the tachometer; its pointer displays the total drive system power on a scale of 0-100 percent. The coloured segments indicate the current operating state, and an auxiliary instrument visualizes the charge state of the battery.
Despite the A6 l e-tronc being a “green” vehicle, its still a fully-loaded luxury machine with a massage function on the seats, Bose premium audio system, ambient lighting, satellite navigation, touch-sensitive pad-based MMI interface and driver safety aids such as active lane assist and night vision.