Audi has revealed its latest plug-in hybrid (PHEV) for Europe, but it’s off limits for Australia.

    Revealed overnight, the A6 Avant 55TFSI e quattro has been ruled out for the local market – but Audi is looking into whether its sedan brother could work here.

    According to an Audi Australia spokesperson, the full range of plug-in hybrid models revealed last year – including the A6 55 TFSI e – are “still under evaluation, with all our focus on launching the new e-tron and e-tron Sportback for 2020”.

    Audi still evaluating PHEV future in Australia

    Should it come to Australia, the A6 55TFSI e quattro would take on the BMW 530e. The BMW is good for a claimed range of 60km on pure-electric power.

    As with the wider range of 55TFSI e quattro hybrids revealed last year, the new A6 Avant has a 14.1kWh battery pack under its boot floor for 51km of all-electric driving.

    The 100km/h sprint is dispatched in just 5.7 seconds, and flat out you’ll be doing 250km/h.

    Audi still evaluating PHEV future in Australia

    The e-motor is integrated into the seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, and makes 105kW of power and 350Nm of torque on its own.

    Combined with the petrol engine, the 55TFSI e outputs 270kW and 500Nm, the latter on tap from just 1250rpm.

    As with all plug-in hybrids, when the battery goes flat the petrol engine can be used to power the wheels. Drivers can toggle force the car to be pure-electric in EV mode or allow it to make the decisions in Normal, while Hold will preserve battery power for when you arrive in a zero-emissions area such as a European city centre.

    Boot space has suffered in the transition from internal-combustion to plug-in hybrid. The A6 Avant has just 405L of space, down from 586L in the standard car.

    Would you like to see the A6 Avant PHEV in Australia?

    Scott Collie

    Scott Collie is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne, Australia. Scott studied journalism at RMIT University and, after a lifelong obsession with everything automotive, started covering the car industry shortly afterwards. He has a passion for travel, and is an avid Melbourne Demons supporter.

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