Audi New A6 Preview
At the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, Audi took the wraps off the new-generation A6 sedan. It has been almost three years since the last update of the A6. And with Mercedes-Benz and BMW already out with their new-generation models, the Audi has been showing its age. Like all the latest offerings from Audi, the A6 too looks sharper and leaner. The front-end is easily identifiable as an Audi, thanks to the large hexagonal grille. Adding to the aggressive stance up front are the sleek looking LED headlamps and the chiselled bumper with the large air dams. At the back, it comes with a newly designed boot lid and 3D LED taillamps. The new A6 is 4,939mm in length, 1,886mm wide and 1,457mm tall, making it 7mm longer, 12mm wider, and 2mm taller than its predecessor.
On the inside, the A6 is, to an extent, inspired from the new A7. The black dashboard has veneered wood panels in combination with brushed aluminium accents. The main focus, however, has clearly been on the centre console. Taking the centre stage is a touchscreen unit for the infotainment system and another large screen below it for the HVAC controls. Similar to all the new-age Audis on sale, this one too comes with a virtual cockpit.
The new Audi A6 only comes with two engine options as of now – 3.0-litre petrol and a similar capacity diesel. The petrol powered A6 pulls out 335bhp and 500Nm from the V6 motor. The diesel, on the other hand, is good for 286bhp and 620Nm. While the former is paired with a 7-speed S tronic transmission, the latter comes fitted with an 8-speed tiptronic transmission. Audi will start the sale of the new A6 with these two engines on offer and gradually expand its product lineup. Both these engines are mild-hybrids that work in association with a lithium-ion battery.
Audi is expected to launch the new A6 in Germany in June. While the company is yet to announce when the car will make its way to India, expect it to come to our shores towards the end of 2018.
The mid-sized luxury sedan class of cars saw a lot of action last year with the launch of the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class and the new-generation BMW 5 Series. Jaguar too, brought in the updated version of the XF.