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Audi A6 L E-tron Previewed for China

Audi is previewing an upcoming model designed specifically for the Chinese auto market.

The Audi A6 L e-tron will make its official debut at the upcoming 2015 Shanghai Motor Show and is the German automaker’s first plug-in hybrid model that will be produced in China starting next year. Based on the long version of the A6, which is already built in China, the e-tron variant is powered by a 2.0 TFSI four-cylinder engine producing 211 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque while the electric motor is good for 122 hp and 162 lb-ft of torque. Total system output for the A6 L e-tron is 245 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque.

With the sedan sporting a curb weight of just over 4,410 lbs, it’ll be able to make the 0-62 mph sprint in 8.4 seconds while the top speed will be electronically limited to 130.5 mph. According to China’s generous MPG cycle, the A6 L e-tron will be capable of getting the equivalent of 106.9 U.S. mpg and can travel up to 31 miles on pure electric power. The total range is expected to be around 547 miles.

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According to the German automaker, the A6 L e-tron’s lithium-ion battery consists of 104 cells and stores 14.1 kWh of energy. With a high-power charging cable, the batteries can get a full charge in roughly two hours, but in a typical household in China it will take over eight hours, so overnight charging will be necessary. Owners will be able to choose from four driving modes: EV, Hybrid, Battery Hold and Battery Charge.

Inside, the upcoming sedan will also feature numerous technologies including a powermeter found in the instrument cluster that displays the total system output. The monitor for the MMI navigation plus also visually displays the energy flows in the hybrid system, as well as range and consumption figures.

The Audi A6 L e-tron will be produced by an Audi joint venture with FAW-Volkswagen in the Chinese city of Changchun and will be launched for the China market in 2016.

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