Audi Announces 2023 Model Year Updates For the US

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The German automaker will be expanding its EV lineup later this year. Audi is now updating its US product portfolio for the 2023 model year.

The Ingolstadt brand is introducing the 2023 model year for the United States. Audi’s 2023 MY lineup will get a slew of minor and major updates across the company’s portfolio. Every single Audi model now gets additional standard and optional equipment. These include the entry-level Audi A3 and Q3 variants and the top-of-the-line A8 and Q8 offerings.

Audi will also be expanding its EV portfolio later this year. The automaker will add the Audi Q4 e-tron Q4 Sportback e-tron to its lineup. For now, the 40 and 45 variants of the 2023 Audi A4 get LED headlights with integrated LED DRLs. One will also find a Bang and Olufsen sound system in the Premium Plus trim of the nameplate, and the convenience package for the entire A4 range now gets the adaptive cruise control feature.

Audi is also updating the appearance options for the 2023 A4, including new wheels. In addition to a wide range of equipment, the Premium variant of Audi A6 and S7 now get adaptive cruise control as standard. As part of the Executive package, Audi now offers the 2023 RS7 with a remote park assist feature and a black Dinamica headliner.

Audi Announces 2023 Model Year Updates For the US

For its 2023 model year, the adaptive cruise control feature is standard across all Q5 and SQ5 variants.

November last year, the 2022 Audi A8 facelift made its world debut. As a result of this, the 2023 update now gets only minor updates across the range. Audi A8 customers opting for the German automaker’s Comfort Plus package will now get HD matrix design LED headlights. Audi will now offer the high-octane S8 version with a Valcona leather interior.

SUVs and crossovers are the best-selling body types in the market right now. Nevertheless, Audi did not refrain from updating its range for the 2023 model year. The automaker’s Q3 nameplate now gets a wireless phone charging pad and LED headlights with LED daytime running lights as standard across the lineup.

The company also offers an optional appearance package for the 40 and 45 variants of the Q3, which gets new wheel options. Perhaps one of the most significant changes for the 2023 model year is a new entry-level engine option for the Audi Q7. The SUV now gets a 2-liter four-cylinder motor which churns out 261 HP of maximum power.

Lastly, Audi’s flagship Q8 and SQ8 models also get HD matrix design LED headlights and headlight washers as standard for the 2023 model year.

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Audi Puts A6 E-Tron Through the Paces at the Nurburgring

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The A6 E-Tron is out in the wild, lapping the Green Hell and getting closer to launch!

Audi recently previewed the new A6 E-Tron Avant, revealing its sleek styling. Now, as reported by our sister site, MotorAuthority, it appears Audi’s putting the sedan through its paces. Last month the A6 E-Tron showed up in the Arctic Circle for range testing. And this week it showed up at everybody’s favorite high-speed playground – the Nurburgring.

Now, because we didn’t license the spy photos directly, we can’t show you the A6 E-Tron on the Ring. So can click on the link above to see yourself. Or imagine with us… the A6 E-Tron tearing around the corners under extremely heavy camouflage. The overall shape matches the sleek profile of the concept car but lacks definition. It’s like looking at a naked mannequin and trying to imagine it wearing clothes.

Anyhoo, rather than stare at a mannequin or a car camouflaged to hide in plain sight, why not gaze at these gorgeous concept images from Audi’s press page? Better, right?

In reality, the car hidden in plain sight appears to stay true to the original concept. It wears Audi’s new design language that debuted with the E-Tron and E-Tron GT. A large grille opening framed by recessed ducts on the outer edges covers the front. Split headlights match the profile of other future models. In back, basic tail lights added to the anonymity of the test car. But it’s not a stretch to imagine it wearing a narrow band of lights like the concept car or the other E-Tron siblings.

A6 E-Tron

What we do know is the A6 E-Tron shares VW’s Premium Electric Platform. That puts it in good company with other electric vehicles from Audi, Porsche, and Bentley including other E-Tron models and the Porsche Macan EV. Power numbers are not final, but we hope to see the A6 E-Tron produced with the concept’s dual-motor setup. With an estimated 470 horsepower and 590 lb. feet of torque, it should sprint to 60 mph in under four seconds and provide a range of over 400 miles on a single charge.

A6 E-Tron

We’d love to see the unofficial lap times from the Nurburgring outing and find out how close those numbers are. But we’d settle for seeing the A6 E-Tron in person and getting behind the wheel. Audi has not revealed the A6 E-Tron’s interior which we expect will be similar to the E-Tron GT. That means a well-appointed cabin with an all-glass dashboard layout including the instrument panel, a large central touch-screen, and physical buttons for essential functions.

Audi has yet to announce an official launch date for the A6 E-Tron. Depending on testing, it could be later this year or sometime in 2023. Realistically it will follow the Q6 E-Tron crossover’s debut and then be followed by an A6 E-Tron Avant.

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Audi A6 Avant E-Tron Concept Teased Ahead of New York Auto Show

Audi A6 Avant e-tron

Audi drops an A6 Avant e-tron shrouded in darkness – will we see it at the New York Auto Show in April?

Audi is at it again, teasing an A6 Avant e-tron. We’ve known about the sedan version of the A6 e-tron Concept for almost a year. As the electric version of its A6 sedan, the e-tron is expected to launch later this year and go on sale next to the e-tron and Q4 e-tron SUVs. We’ve also heard rumors of an Avant version in the past. But today is the first time we’ve seen a picture of the car.

Audi A6 e-tron

This morning, Audi posted a photo of the A6 Avant e-tron on social media. Shrouded in the dark, the pictures reveal the distinctive wagon profile. Audi stated it’s not available as a production vehicle but encourages people to learn more on their website. Photos on social media were also followed by the teaser, “Prepare for something dynamic. Watch this space for the reveal of the new, fully electric Audi A6 Avant e-tron concept.”

Audi A6 e-etron Now that we know the A6 Avant E-Tron is coming, the question is when. Perhaps the most likely place for the launch is the 2022 New York Auto Show. Kicking off on April 15, the venue is the ideal place for a big reveal. Audi also revealed the A6 e-tron last year in April, so the timing is consistent.

Audi A6 e-tron

Audi has not released any info for the A6 Avant e-tron. But if the sedan is any indicator, the Avant will share the same specs. Audi claims the 100-kWh battery pack provides 435 miles of range. DC fast charging capability is standard, providing 80 percent of battery capacity in 25 minutes. Dual electric motors deliver 470 horsepower routed through with Quattro all-wheel drive. Like other e-tron vehicles, expect a full complement of luxury and entertainment features, and performance that should smoke a Tesla. And if the  Audi Q4 e-tron as a baseline, we expect the A6 Avant will showcase premium features with Audi’s signature style.

Audi A6 e-tron

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Audi RS6 Avant e-tron Might Debut in 2023

Audi RS6 Avant e-tron Might Debut in 2023

Audi might introduce the RS6 Avant e-tron at the same time as the upcoming A6 e-tron electric sedan.

Earlier in March, Audi announced that it will no longer develop IC engines. Since then, the pace of Audi’s electrification strategy has skyrocketed. Most recently, the Ingolstadt automaker’s all-new 2022 Audi A3 made its stateside debut with a standard MHEV variant. Now, according to a recent Autocar report, the German car manufacturer might soon introduce an all-electric Audi RS6.

Right now, the e-tron GT and RS e-tron GT are the only performance electric models in Audi’s arsenal. According to the report, the Audi Sport division is also transitioning into the electric-only future along with the automaker. As a result of this, the company is developing an all-electric performance estate model. The alleged offering might take on the Audi RS6 Avant e-tron moniker.

Back in April, Audi unveiled its A6 e-tron concept. Autocar claims that Audi bosses have almost confirmed that this concept will also lay the foundation for an electric estate version. The report also claims that Audi might launch both offerings at the same time, which means we can expect the battery-electric Audi RS6 Avant e-tron to make its global debut as early as 2023.

Audi RS6 Avant e-tron Might Debut in 2023

Audi RS e-tron GT quattro’s 590 HP and 612 lb-ft all-electric drivetrain might propel the RS6 Avant e-tron

It is also possible that RS6 Avant e-tron and A6 e-tron might share Volkswagen Group’s Premium Platform Electric (PPE) vehicle architecture. The automaker is collaborating with Porsche to develop VW’s premium EV platform. So far, we do not have any information regarding the performance figures of the upcoming estate.

If Audi decides to use RS e-tron GT quattro’s powertrain to propel the RS6 Avant e-tron, then the electric estate might get a 93 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. Furthermore, the RS6 Avant e-tron might also get a dual synchronous electric motor setup with a maximum power output of 590 HP (637 HP in boost mode) and 612 lb-ft of peak torque.

Audi wants its electrified product portfolio to be responsible for 40% of its global sales volume by 2025. The automaker will introduce 30 electrified offerings by 2025, out of which 20 models will be battery-only products. The German company will also introduce its final internal combustion model in five years. At the same time, Audi America wants one-third of its portfolio to have some level of electrification.

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