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Audi A6 L e-tron Plug-In Hybrid Debuts for China

The refreshed 2016 Audi A6 and A7 were unveiled at the L.A. auto show with significantly revised engines, and the upgrades keep on coming in other markets. On display in Shangai is the 2016 Audi A6 L e-tron, the first plug-in hybrid model from the automaker to be built in China, for China.

Aside from its special 18-inch e-tron wheels, badging, and covered tailpipes, the A6 L e-tron looks the same as the standard 2016 Audi A6. Under the hood of this long-wheelbase version of the 2016 Audi A6 is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder making 211 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. Positioned directly behind that familiar engine is a 91-kW electric motor adding 34 hp and 162 lb-ft, although at any given time the total possible system output is 245 hp and 369 lb-ft.

The 2016 Audi A6 L e-tron goes from 0-62 mph in 8.4 seconds on to a top speed of 130.5 mph. More importantly, it meets China’s definition of a “New Energy Vehicle” with its 106.9 mpg combined figure, a category that is eligible for incentives. Four driving modes, including all-electric EV mode, hybrid mode, battery hold, and battery charge modes make the most of various driving situations to preserve energy or maximize performance.

With its 14.1 kWh lithium-ion battery, the A6 L e-tron as an all-electric range of 31.1 miles, while total range is a generous 546.8 miles. Ideal infrastructure and state-of-the-art charging systems can replenish the car’s battery in about two hours, but most charging in China will take place overnight in just more than eight hours.

Built in Changchun, China, the 2016 Audi A6 L e-tron will go on sale in China in 2016.