The new Audi A6 TFSI e plug-in hybrid offers an electric range of up to 34 miles, CO2 emissions of just 35g/km, 10% BIK for company car drivers, 299PS, 450Nm and quattro all-wheel drive.
The new A6 50 TFSI e – featuring a 2.0 TFSI petrol engine and a 105kW electric motor – is available to order in the UK now in Saloon form, with an Avant version to follow later.
The electric motor is integrated into a seven-speed S tronic transmission which can deliver output to either two wheels or four depending on the driving situation. The quattro on demand system can prioritise efficiency by decoupling the rear axle to reduce drag, or provide maximum traction by engaging all-wheel-drive. In electric-only mode the A6 50 TFSI e can cruise at speeds of up to 84mph.
Drivers can choose between 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.
In “Hybrid” mode, a predictive operating strategy aims to ensure maximum efficiency and the highest possible proportion of electric driving.
The predictive efficiency assistant is responsible for anticipatory planning at each stage of the journey, and can refer to a large amount of information during the decision-making process, including navigation information, online traffic events, customer driving characteristics and data from vehicle sensors such as the camera and radar.
The A6 50 TFSI e can be plugged into a domestic AC 7kW wallbox using the Type 2 cable supplied, providing a full charge of the lithium ion battery in around two and a half hours. Charging via an AC 2.3kW 3-pin socket takes approximately seven hours.
By downloading the myAudi app, which is freely available on iOS and Android platforms, the driver can preset the most cost-effective home charging schedule for the car that takes advantage of cheaper off-peak electricity supply periods, and can also remotely activate and adjust the climate control via a smartphone or tablet to ensure that the car is heated or chilled.
The myAudi app can also help to locate charging points across the country, and also by giving remote access to a sophisticated route planner. This can factor criteria such as the battery’s specific state of charge and the density of traffic in real time into its route guidance and use this to pinpoint exactly where and when charging should ideally take place on any given journey.
The myAudi app can also facilitate usage of charging points as part of the e-tron charging service, which is also available to owners of TFSI e models. In many cases it can be used to activate charging as an alternative to the payment card held by subscribers to the service, which grants access to numerous charging points operated by a total of 18 suppliers across the UK, and amalgamates all costs incurred in one simple monthly invoice to eliminate complexity.
The Audi A6 50 TFSI e plug-in hybrid Saloon is now available priced from £52,790 with a choice of Sport, S line, Black Edition and Vorsprung specification options.
Five plug-in hybrid versions of core Audi models made their world debuts during 2019 as part of the TFSI e range, while the fully electric e-tron SUV laid the foundations for an e-tron model portfolio which by year-end will also expand to include new coupé-inspired e-tron Sportback and e-tron GT sports car variants.
Audi’s broad-based electrification programme will be underpinned by planned investment of approximately €12 billion over the next five years as part of an overall fund covering research, development, property, plant and equipment totalling €37 billion.