If you get bored waiting for your Audi A6 e-tron to recharge its batteries, you can play a video game in the car instead of sitting back to read a newspaper – and having the headlights shine on a wall .
This is the most important gimmick that the German auto bosses presented at the Shanghai Motor Show today.
But besides the fun, the foam, and the bells and whistles, there are also some really important things that will serve as the foundation for a new coupe-style sedan and a whole family of new Audi electric cars.
For long-distance travelers who want to drive in style, the new Audi A6 e-tron Sportback offers a range of more than 434 miles.
Audi electric sedan turned game console on wheels: bosses say the new Digital Matrix LED headlights of the new A6 e-tron concept are sharp enough to project film-quality footage – including video games – onto a wall
The matrix LED lights can project images – even the indicator lights project their beam both onto the ground and into the air, says Audi.
If you get bored while charging your car, the digital LED headlights of the new electric A6 e-tron enjoy a “cinema quality” that can also be used to play video games.
Audi explains: “If, for example, the Audi A6 e-tron concept is parked in front of a wall during a break to charge the battery, the driver and passengers can spend the time with a video game projected onto it.
“Instead of a small screen in the cockpit, the virtual landscapes of your respective game are projected onto the wall – and all of this via the Digital Matrix LED headlights.”
The headlights have three rows of powerful LEDs. Customers can choose the arrangement and shape of the daytime running lights and offer a new level of customization
“Instead of a small screen in the cockpit, the virtual landscapes of their respective game are projected onto the wall – and all of this via the digital matrix LED headlights,” says Audi
Images of the car’s powerful headlights in action showed that it doesn’t have to be completely dark for the images to be displayed on a wall
Another lighting feature are the displays that project onto the ground to give additional warnings to endangered road users
The company explained: “The players can stand next to or directly in front of the vehicle to get a particularly good view of the game, which is several meters wide. The players control the game via the smartphone. And even the game itself is an Audi product – Audi designers designed and developed it specifically for the Audi A6 e-tron concept. “
The daytime running light has three rows of LEDs that can be illuminated in different shapes and designs – which can be individually adapted by the buyer.
Audi says that there is also another high-tech lighting: “Three small high-resolution LED projectors are built into each side of the body, which transform the floor below them into a stage where the doors are opened – small, extended ones , dynamic lighting effects greet the inmates with messages in their own language. At the premiere in Shanghai, of course, this means Chinese characters. “
They also display warning symbols on the ground to warn a cyclist that the car door is about to open.
Four additional high-resolution LED projectors – built into the corners of the vehicle – project display signals onto the asphalt, and the rear brake light is made of OLEDs – a technology normally only found in expensive televisions – that can display three-dimensional animated lights.
The Audi A6 e-tron Sportback concept is expected to go into production next year and be available on world markets by 2023
Audi claims to have a range of 434 miles, which is enough for drivers to make a non-stop trip from London to Edinburgh – and still have a few miles of battery charge left
Driven by two electric motors with an output of around 476 hp, the most powerful versions accelerate from rest to 100 km / h in less than four seconds
Forget about playing Mario Kart against a wall – what does it offer in terms of range and performance?
Equally impressive is the stated range of 434 miles for the concept vehicle, which is sufficient to complete a journey from London to Edinburgh without interruption – and still save a few miles of battery charge.
And it’s not a sucker.
Driven by two electric motors with a total output of 350 kW (approx. 476 hp), the most powerful versions accelerate from rest to 100 km / h in less than four seconds, although the top speed is likely to be limited to 250 km / h. Even entry-level models designed for efficiency can do it in less than seven seconds.
With high ground clearance, low ride height and a spacious interior, it also has the flattest headlights of an Audi.
Although the four-door car presented at the Shanghai Motor Show is officially a concept, the Audi bosses have made it clear that the vehicle shown is almost ready for series production and that the showroom model will hardly differ.
There are currently plans to show the final production model next year before the car goes on sale in early 2023.
Although no prices have been given, the price is expected to be around £ 80,000.
People look at the new Audi A6 e-tron concept electric car that was unveiled at the Audi booth during a media preview at Auto Shanghai 2021 in Shanghai, China
The top speed is likely to be limited to 250 km / h. Even entry-level models designed for efficiency manage to reach 100 km / h in less than seven seconds
The rear brake light is made of OLEDs – technology normally only found in expensive televisions – that can display three-dimensional animated lights.
Audi said: “The range and charging speed keep pace with those of internal combustion engines, making it the perfect universal car for everyday needs, from short trips to business to longer road trips on vacation.”
Audi emphasized significantly that the fully electric A6 e-tron Sportback is based on the German car manufacturer’s new Premium Platform Electric or PSA platform, which it is developing with the siblings of the VW group Porsche.
This is referred to as the “forerunner of an innovative family of fully electric production cars” including small hatchbacks and SUVs – and as the “new part of the A6 family”.
With a length of 4.96 meters, a width of 1.96 meters and a height of 1.44 meters and a fastback design, the slim aerodynamic A6 e-tron Sportback cuts through the air exceptionally well and looks good, says Audi : “For laypeople, this means that the car has minimal air resistance – which is initially reflected in lower energy consumption and thus in a greater range. ‘
Thanks to fast charging – with the new 800-volt charging technology – the battery of the Audi A6 e-tron can be charged with up to 270 kW of power in a very short time, which corresponds to a range of more than 700 km, says Audi: ‘This revolutionary one Technology is being used for the first time in the high volume medium and luxury segments.
“It enables charging times that almost come to a standstill to refuel a car powered by a conventional engine.”
A 25-minute charge will charge the 100 kW battery in the new A6 e-tron to 80 percent.
And a 10-minute battery charge is enough to cover more than 300 km.
The most powerful all-wheel drive on-demand versions have two electric motors – one each on the front and rear axles. In the basic versions, which are optimized for minimum consumption and maximum range, a single electric motor is mounted on the rear axle.
The show model is painted in an energy-saving shade called Heliosilver, which not only looks eye-catching, but also keeps the car cool by reflecting the heat radiation in the sunlight, reducing the interior heat and requiring an air conditioning system that discharges the battery
Audi says that while it shares its name with the A6, only the dimensions are replicated and the rest of the car is completely new
With a length of 4.96 meters, a width of 1.96 meters and a height of 1.44 meters and a fastback design, the elegant aerodynamic A6 e-tron Sportback cuts through the air exceptionally well
Reflective silver paint keeps the interior cool so you don’t have to use air conditioning
The A6 Sportback represents a fastback style that Audi has adopted under various model names since 1968.
The current Audi A6 TFSIe celebrated its debut in 2019 with a plug-in hybrid drive and a range of up to 90 km.
But the new e-tron Sportback is purely electric and has a completely new design.
“The only thing it has in common with the current A6 is its dimensions,” say Audi bosses.
The show model is painted in an energy-saving shade called Heliosilver, which not only looks eye-catching, but also keeps the car cool by reflecting the heat radiation in the sunlight, reducing the interior heat and requiring an air conditioning system that discharges the battery: “This comes from the range and the vehicle’s carbon footprint – over every mile and even when stopping at a traffic light. “
The new platform on which the A6 e-tron is based will bring families of smaller, mainstream-sized cars such as hatchbacks and Q6 SUVs to the fore
The large 22-inch wheels, the narrow LED headlights and the glowing radiator grille give the A6 e-tron concept an aggressive stance. It also has cameras instead of exterior mirrors that Audi used in the e-tron SUV that is already on sale
Instead of conventional reflective glass mirrors, it has camera-based virtual exterior mirrors that project onto a screen.
Audi said the new A6 e-tron Sportback is “a foretaste of future production models from Audi” and added: “It provides clear indications of how dynamic and elegant the electrically powered luxury class from the brand with the four rings will look.”
The new platform, on which the A6 e-tron is based, will run through the assortments to bring families of smaller, mainstream-sized cars such as hatchback and Q6 SUVs to the fore: ‘From the end of 2022, the first series cars in the C. – and later will be the B-segment with PSA technology (Premium Platform Electric) was also restarted, including – a premiere on the market for electric vehicles – both SUVs with high ground clearance and dynamically designed models with a lower ride height, such as the Audi A6 e-tron. ‘
Audi plans to manufacture the new electric vehicles both at its European locations and in China, the company’s largest domestic market. A new plant is being built there in Changchun, which will be operated jointly by Audi and its joint venture partner VAW-Volkswagen.
Audi A6 e-tron Sportback Does it fit in my garage?
Start of production: 2022
On offer: 2023
Price: approx £ 80,000
Length: 4.96 m
Width: 1.96 m
Height: 1.44 m
Journey: Two electric motors
Power: 350 kW (approx. 476 PS)
Battery: 100 kW
Range: more than 434 miles
0-62mph: under four seconds (under 7 seconds for most energy efficient models)
Top speed: Probably limited to 250 km / h
Bikes: 22 inches
Fast charge: Charge to 80 percent – under 25 minutes. Charge for 10 minutes – adds 186 miles.
Properties: High definition digital matrix spotlights – from which video games can be projected, indicators projecting on the floor, energy-saving reflective silver paint
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