October 22: The proliferation of plug-in hybrid options across Audi's range continues, with the company unveiling the Audi A6 55 TFSI e quattro overnight.
UPDATE October 24, 8:50am: Audi has provided new imagery of the A6. We've updated the pictures in our story text.
The A6 55 TFSI e's all-wheel drive setup has a 185kW 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine paired with a 105kW electric motor built into the car's seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
Total system output is 270kW of power and 500Nm of torque. With both motors working together, the TFSI e is capable of completing the 0-100km/h run in 5.6 seconds, and hitting a top speed of 250km/h.
The plug-in hybrid A6 features a 14.1kWh lithium-ion battery pack. When fully charged the car has a pure electric driving range of 53 kilometres using the WLTP testing protocol, and a top speed of 135km/h.
There are three driver-selectable driving modes available: EV, Hybrid and Hold, which conserves battery charge for future driving.
In Europe, the A6 55 TFSI e is fitted with matrix LED headlights, 19-inch alloy wheels, sports suspension, red brake calipers, a fully digital instrumentation cluster, and climate control air conditioning as standard.
The S line styling package, which includes dark tinted windows, black exterior trim, and black wing mirror caps, is also fitted as standard.
The Audi A6 55 TFSI e quattro is available for order now in Germany, and has a starting price of €68,850 ($112,000). Thanks to its plug-in hybrid drivetrain, the car's annual road tax in its homeland is reduced by half.
He noted the local launch in 2020 of the e-tron crossover, the company's first mainstream pure electric car, is the local arm's "priority".