Audi has announced the New A6 Business Sedan, in its eighth generation guise. The New Audi A6 is tauter and a little larger than its predecessor.
In looks, its all about the lighting; with the three available configurations. The top-of-the-line Audi A6 has HD Matrix LED headlights, there are a total of five horizontal lines that form the daytime running light signature, emphasizing the width of the front. Above them are the dipped beam modules that look like pupils. Optionally, the lighting signature of the tail lights is made up of a single horizontal line and nine vertical segments for each unit; the brake light fills the areas in between.
The dynamic indicator is included with the top-of-the-line equipment. When unlocking and locking the doors, a pulsing coming and leaving home function brings to life the combination of design and technology that is the hallmark of Audi.
With advanced aerodynamics and aeroacoustics on the exterior, the sedan achieves a minimum drag coefficient of 0.24, whilst having class-leading isolation and NVMH ratings, even at high speeds.
In terms of capacity, the interior of the new Audi A6 is even larger than on the outgoing model, also beating the outgoing model and the core competitors in the key department of legroom. The new seats underline the character of the Audi A6 as a poised long-distance sedan. With their numerous adjustment functions, the customized contour seats, front, optionally available with ventilation and massage, provide more comfort. The headroom as well as the shoulder room in the front and rear add to the comfort factor. Lastly, the luggage compartment has the same capacity as the outgoing model with 530 liters.
The Audi A6: Infotainment and safety, accentuated with technology
Continuing the digitalization strategy set by the flagship Audi A8, the interior architecture of the Audi A6 seamlessly melds with Audi’s new MMI touch response operating concept that replaces the rotary pushbutton and conventional buttons of before with two large, high-resolution touch displays. Highlights include a 10.1-inch screen or Audi Virtual Cockpit 12.3-inch screen with MMI Navigation plus; 8.6-inch display at the bottom; an optional head-up display; MMI touch response system to access car’s information; ample smart connectivity; and Audi connect online services.
The new Audi A6 is noticeably sportier than the outgoing model, thanks especially to innovative solutions for the suspension. The already sporty ratio of the standard progressive steering becomes even more direct as the steering angle increases; a new damping concept also conveys intensive, finally differentiated feedback from the road. The new Audi A6 is manoeuvrable in town, agile on country roads, and poised and comfortable on the highway. Additionally, the redesigned wheel suspension is also made out of lightweight aluminium in many areas. Despite the larger wheels (measuring up to 21 inches and tyre sizes of up to 255/35) compared to the outgoing model, the Audi A6 has improved ride and noise comfort. There are four suspension settings for the new A6: conventional steel spring suspension, sport suspension, suspension with damper control and adaptive air suspension.
The dynamic all-wheel steering is a key component in this agility and manoeuvrability. It combines direct, sporty steering response with unshakable stability.
Audi A6: Engine options
As part of the launch in the European markets, Audi offers the new Audi A6 with two powerful, one diesel and one gasoline unit. Paired with a seven-speed S tronic transmission and quattro permanent all-wheel drive, the 3.0 TFSI petrol variant is a turbocharged V6 engine that generates 340 hp (250 kW) and 500 Nm of torque, allowing the business sedan to accelerate to 100km/h in just 5.1 seconds, on to an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h. On the other hand, the 3.0 TDI engine variant develops 286 hp (210 kW) and 620 Nm of torque, and is paired with an eight-speed tiptronic transmission and quattro permanent all-wheel drive.
In terms of fuel efficiency and emissions, the petrol engine has a combined fuel consumption of 7.1 – 6.7 l/100 km and a combined CO2 emissions of 161 – 151 g/km, whilst the diesel version has a combined fuel consumption of 5.8 – 5.5 l/100 km and a CO2 emissions of 150 – 142 g/km. With MHEV technology, the car gets reduced fuel consumption by up to 0.7 liters per 100 km.
The new Audi A6 is due to roll off the assembly line at the Neckarsulm site and will launch on the German market in June 2018. The basic price as the Audi A6 Sedan 50 TDI quattro is 58,050 euros.