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Audi A6 Avant 55 TFSI e quattro PHEV launched

Audi has launched a new, plug-in hybrid-powered version of its largest estate car. Called the A6 Avant 55 TFSI e quattro, it uses the same PHEV powertrain as the recently launched Q5 55 TFSI e and A7 55 TFSI e – and it’ll be available to order in the UK later this year, with prices starting from around £63,000.

The A6 Avant 55 TFSI e’s PHEV powertrain comprises a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, a 14.1kWh lithium-ion battery pack and an electric motor, which sends power to all four wheels via a seven-speed automatic gearbox. Total system output stands at 362bhp and 500Nm of torque – which gives the A6 Avant a claimed 0-62mph time of 5.7 seconds and an electronically limited top speed of 155mph.

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Economy and emissions figures stand at 148.6mpg and between 44–48g/km of CO2 respectively. It’ll cover a claimed 32 miles on electric power alone, at speeds of up to 84mph.

When plugged into a 7.4kW charging point with Audi’s supplied mode 3 cable, the A6 Avant 55 TFSI e will recover a 100 percent charge in around 2.5 hours. The PHEV powertrain’s regenerative braking system is also constantly topping-up the battery under normal driving conditions.

Audi is yet to confirm the UK specification of the A6 Avant 55 TFSI e quattro. However, European examples will receive 19-inch alloy wheels, red brake calipers, Matrix LED headlamps, black door mirrors, rear privacy glass and Audi’s sporty S line body kit – all of which are likely to feature on the cars destined for UK shores.

Inside, buyers should get a pair of sports seats, a sports steering wheel, four-zone automatic air conditioning and aluminium pedals. Like the standard A6, there should also be a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, a 10.1-inch infotainment system and an additional touchscreen for the centre console, which operates the car’s climate control settings.

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