Plug-in hybrid A6, called the A6 L e-tron makes debut at Beijing

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Of the three concepts that Audi showcased at the Beijing auto show this year, the most important one for Audi's operations in China is the A6 L e-tron concept. The long-wheelbase version of the A6 is one of Audi's best selling models in China and this concept is basically the long-wheelbase version of the current car along with a few tweaks to give it that e-tron badge. These tweaks include, apart from the electric addition to the drivetrain, a different grille up front, a new rear diffuser and 20-inch wheels.

The A6 L e-tron was specially designed keeping the needs of the Chinese customer in mind. The wheelbase of the new A6 L is longer than the normal A6 by about 100mm and so, too, is the overall length. Rear seat occupants certainly won't be complaining about lack of space in this one.

Under the hood sits the 2.0-litre TFSI petrol engine with a 94 bhp electric motor providing some added juice. The new electric propulsion system allows the A6 L to travel up to 80 km on pure electric power. The battery pack for the electric motor sits in the trunk and can be charged off normal household outlets or a special quick charge outlet. After you run out of battery power, you can go back to burning fossil fuels of course, so there's no need to worry about range.