According to Audi of America president Johan de Nysschen, Audi A6 Hybrdid will not be available in US until 2015. The A6 hybrid is touted to get the equivalent of 38 mpg on European calculations and could help Audi meet stricter U.S. fuel-economy regulations (30s in the United States). However, the company’s first hybrid will be the Q5 crossover.
Overview: 2012 Audi A6
Hybrid Audi A6 will be use a front-wheel drive configuration, while power will come from Audi’s 2.0-liter TFSI four-cylinder with a 45-horsepower/155 pound-feet of torque electric motor. The engine of the hybrid A6 will be mated to an eight speed Tiptronic gearbox that sends power to the front wheels, while the electric motor is powered by a 1.3 kWh lithium-ion battery pack located in the trunk to generate 39 kW.
“Depending on requirements, it is air-cooled in two ways – by means of a blower from the interior or by means of an internal refrigerant circuit coupled to the automatic air conditioning system,” the company says. “This technology largely maintains the rechargeable battery within the appropriate temperature range, thereby ensuring that the vehicle operates on electric power a comparatively large percentage of the time.”
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The Audi A6 hybrid can achieve speeds of up to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) purely on electricity; at a constant speed of 60 km/h (37.28 mph), it has a range of 3 km.