Audi have shown off the much anticipated their first ever luxury hybrid vehicle at the Beijing Motor Show. The car is based upon the Audi A6 L. When in electric mode, the car is able to reach 49.71 miles.
A6 L built with FAW
Beijing was perhaps the most appropriate place to unveil the A6 L e-tron concept model. The Audi A6 L is built in a joint venture with FAW, First Automobile Works.
This particular concept car combines a 2.0 litre TFSI engine which produces 211 BHP. The electric motor itself is quite powerful, producing a maximum of 95 BHP. Drive modes includes electric only, internal combustion mode only or combining the two in hybrid mode.
The instrument panel contains an energy flow indicator. This unique device allows the driver to discover which hybrid components are in use at any given time. Any energy that is recovered is easily able to be seen through a neat display. The average fuel economy is also registered and displayed, giving the driver peace of mind.
The car does not go without Audi’s typical luxurious features. These include seat ventilation on top of massage functions, a Bose surround sound system, a deluxe air conditioner, a MMI navigation plus system along with a touchpad system. This is able to recognise an outstanding 29,000 Chinese characters.
There are plenty of safety features within. This includes active lane change assist, night vision assistance, parking assist along with a pre sense system. This is quite an intelligent system which anticipates the likelihood of an accident and then the car will avoid collision if possible.
It is yet unknown as to whether this concept vehicle will be placed into production. The car is still under consideration for it to be sold in China and perhaps markets beyond. The Audi A6 L was designed for the Chinese market.
The Audi R8 e-tron concept is one vehicle that has been confirmed for production later on in the year. The Audi A3 e-tron will also be placed into production later on in 2014 it has been confirmed. A spokesman from Audi, speaking to Auto Express about the upcoming Audi e-tron said “The interior will be completely new and an all-new body structure had to be developed to accommodate the electric motors and batteries. The bodywork will be made from carbon fibre and CFRP to keep weight down to a minimum.”