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Officially, Audi hasn't confirmed whether or not A6 hybrid will be sold in the U.S., but Car and Driver says that, almost without a doubt, the gas-electric sedan will make its way to the States in 2012. C/D cites the fact that Audi admitted the hybrid powertrain will only be offered in the sedan version of the A6 as a strong indicator of U.S. availability. Audi says the not-for-U.S. consumption A6 wagon won't get the hybrid hardware.
C/D further claims that "reliable sources within Audi" have confirmed the hybrid A6 will be sold in the U.S and that its technology will be identical to the European version, meaning that the U.S.-spec A6 hybrid will be a front-wheel drive vehicle powered by Audi's 2.0-liter TFSI four-cylinder engine with a 45-horsepower electric motor and an eight-speed Tiptronic gearbox. A modest 1.3 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack completes the hybrid setup.
If C/D's report is accurate, then we'd expect to see the "somewhere north of $55,000" gas-electric A6 to hit U.S. dealerships before the end of 2012. Interested?