One of the major concerns when it comes to cars is the fuel consumption and the CO2 emissions. Many car manufacturers try to take these two elements into account when building a new vehicle model. Some of them actually succeed in doing that in a big way.
Audi tried to surf the wave of supporting and using cleaner vehicles that consume less fuel and came up with a plug-in hybrid version of its A6 L sedan. Unveiled at Beijing Motor Show, the car sports a 2.0-liter TFSI gasoline engine with a maximum output of 211 HP as well as an electric motor that produces 95 HP.
The vehicle is powered by a liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery which is mounted in the rear of the car. Given that the car moves at 37 mph, the vehicle is capable of traveling up to 60 miles using only the electric motor. This one can give the gasoline motor a boost if you’re in need of some extra power.
In matters of design, this hybrid version of Audi A6 L features e-tron specific design cues. The vehicle comes up with redesigned headlights and grille, sports 21-inch rims and has a small air diffuser mounted on the rear bumper. As for the rest, there’s no difference between the current version of Audi A6 L and the e-tron concept.
Audi has used a powermeter to replace the tachometer and to provide the driver with information about the power of the driving system on a scale of 0-100%. The screen that has been mounted in the dash board keeps the driver informed of the lithium-ion battery providing him with other important details as well.
The interior has been improved with comfortable rear seats that are not only ventilated but also massaged and with an air conditioning system that comes with air ionizer.
To make the car greater than it already is and to satisfy the needs of Chinese customers, Audi engineers based in Beijing have developed a MMI navigation system that recognizes 29,000 Chinese characters. The engineers used a German infotainment system they adapted to the tastes and demands of Chinese consumers.
Rumors have it that the car will enter production but will be sold only in China. Still, it is very likely for the plug-in hybrid technology to be used in other Audi models.