The car was officially unveiled by YAB Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad this evening. Also present at the launch was DRB-Hicom group MD and Euromobil chairman Datuk Seri Mohd Khamil Jamil.
“With the introduction of the A6 Hybrid in Malaysia, we hope that the steps taken towards encouraging the implementation of advanced green technology in the automotive industry will help the country to be on par with their neighbouring counterparts, and be more competitive on a global scale,” said Khamil.
The Audi A6 Hybrid is powered by a combination of a 211 hp/350 Nm 2.0 TFSI and a 54 hp/211 Nm electric motor that’s fed by a 1.3 kWh lithium-ion battery. A total output of 245 hp and 480 Nm of torque can be had briefly in boost mode. Power goes to the front wheels.
In EV mode (activated by pushing a button on the centre console), the Audi A6 Hybrid can travel 3.0 km (for a constant 60 km/h). Exceed 100 km/h in this mode and the petrol engine kicks in.
0-100 km/h is accomplished in 7.5 seconds and top speed is 240 km/h. Average fuel consumption is quoted at 6.2 litres per 100 km and CO2 emissions at 145 grams per km, both of these being combined figures. A 30% aluminium body construction translates to a sub-1.85 tonne kerb weight.
The electric motor sits behind the TFSI, where you’d expect the eight-speed tiptronic’s torque converter to be. Indicators on the 7-inch Driver Information System in the instrument panel and on the MMI monitor display information such as energy flow in the hybrid system or the breakdown of energy consumption.
How do you tell it apart from the regular A6 sedan? Hybrid badges aside, 18-inch 10-arm turbine design wheels covered in 245/45 rubber and an Arctic Silver body colour (in addition to the existing A6 colours) are Hybrid-exclusive items.
Inside there are aluminium trigon inlays in place of the regular A6’s wood trim, and a power meter (showing percentage of power used) replaces the rev counter. The four-spoke steering wheel and gear knob are covered in leather, while the seats are trimmed in Milano leather.
Regenerative braking is the order of the day. Energy recuperation while coasting is possible up to 120 km/h; braking recuperation is active at all speeds. Brake hard and the conventional hydraulic system joins in to provide more stopping power.
The air-con compressor is electrically driven, so even when the engine is off (in start-stop phases), air-con cooling performance is unaffected. It’s an automatic quad-zone system, in case you’re wondering.
The use of a lithium-ion battery, Audi says, cuts weight by 40% compared to nickel–metal hydride batteries. The 38 kg battery is air-cooled by a blower from the interior or by an internal refrigerant circuit coupled to the automatic air-con.
Maintaining the battery within the appropriate temperature range prolongs its lifespan and ensures the vehicle can operate in EV mode for as long as possible to increase efficiency.
Due to the battery’s location under the boot floor, boot volume is down to 375 litres from 530 on the regular A6 sedan, but one can always fold the back seat down for more space.
In terms of toys, the Audi A6 Hybrid gets MMI navigation plus with MMI touch and an 8-inch TFT display. There’s also a Black Panel touch pad, which displays radio station buttons and even allows drivers to enter letters and numbers using their finger tips.
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Six airbags, ESP, traction control, Driver Steering Recommendation (DSR) and ISOFIX are among the safety equipment on offer, in addition to the usual ABS, EBD and BA.
Optional extras are Comfort Key – basically keyless entry and start (RM3k), and a reverse camera (RM5k). Also offered as options are a BOSE sound system and Bluetooth car phone online – this features an integrated WLAN hotspot and access to Google Maps.
Other standard features include LED head, tail and daytime-running lamps (a RM13k option on the regular A6 sedan), headlamp washers, sunroof, automatic wipers and headlamps, cruise control and Audi drive select (Comfort, Auto, Dynamic and Individual modes).
The Audi A6 Hybrid, along with its lithium-ion battery, is offered with a four-year warranty with unlimited mileage for the first two years, and capped at a total of 120,000 km throughout the third and fourth years.
Read our comprehensive test drive report of the Audi A6 Hybrid here.