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The annual auto show circuit is set to begin in just over a week in Detroit, though rumors coming out of Germany’s buff magazines this week (Autobild.de, AutoPress.de) suggest that intel is already out on what will headline at September’s Frankfurt IAA – and that headliner is the Audi A6 Sportback e-tron. The rumors include convincing renders from Larson, and more can be found at Autobild.
As rumors go, this is an odd one. Intel on launch plans for an event that far out usually aren’t so detailed, but how specific the rumor is suggests there may be some truth to it. Also, we know Audi is working on a more raised super Avant style vehicle in the vein of the Audi Roadjet concept, so perhaps an ‘A6 Sportback’ qualifies as that within the Audi lexicon.
What else is said about the supposed A6 Sportback e-tron? First, it’s an e-tron so obviously electric to some degree. Autobild says this plugin hybrid will use the S3′s new 2.0 TFSI engine paired with electric motors (likely Audi’s new e-quattro system) for a rating of 400 bhp. 100 bhp will come from the electric side and that alone should be good for a range of 75-100 km. Autobild guesses a 0-62 mph run in under 5 seconds. Consumption is further guessed at 94 mpg (2.5 liters per 100 k).
The body of the A6 Sportback is said to be taller than either the Avant or the sedan. It’s also suggested, in both the renders and the intel reports we’ve found, to reflect an aggressive evolution of Audi Design… something Wolfgang Egger hinted at last year at the Paris Motor Show. Notable is the significantly changed Audi grille.
Only time will tell if this show rumor is accurate. In the meantime, Audi of America is set to unveil the RS 5 Cabriolet, facelifted R8 and several other new launches in Detroit later this month. Check out the Autobild story with even more angles of this render by Larson after the jump.