Next generation Audi A6 is based on MLB Evo architecture; receives wide range of four and six-cylinder diesel and petrol engines
Audi is gearing up to launch the next generation A6 luxury sedan in a few days and ahead of its commercial debut, the automaker has released its official pictures. The car is confirmed to debut at 2018 Geneva Motor Show and it will likely arrive in the Indian market sometime later this year or in early 2019.
Back in December, Audi released a video inviting young minds and filmmakers to present their vision on the new A6. They were asked to focus on the three core characteristics of the sedan: digitalization, performance and comfort. It goes on to show that Audi was committed in making the new A6 sedan more advanced than its predecessor.
The fifth-generation Audi A6 follows the lines of the latest A8 and A7 and have an evolutionary exterior with sharper design elements. The rear portion is completely restyled though sticking by the modern standards. Confirmed to have an S line variant, it arrives underpinned by the MLB Evo architecture that also houses models like Audi A8 sedan and Audi Q7 SUV.
The exterior comprises of wide singleframe grille is shrouded by large air intakes, sharper headlamps including top-spec HD Matrix LED lamps with daytime running lights, sportier body panels, distinctive character lines, integrated boot spoiler, optional LED tail lamps, etc.
Being based on MLB Evo platform, new Audi A6 is lighter improving its performance and fuel efficiency as well while not compromising on the agility factor. Dimensionally too, the 2018 Audi A6 is slightly bigger than the outgoing model.
Audi claims the sedan has a drag coefficient of just 0.24. It measures 4,939 mm long, 1,886 mm wide and 1,457 mm tall with a wheelbase of 2,924 mm. Due to bigger dimensions, the all-new A6 has more rear legroom, head and shoulder room.
On the technology front, 2018 Audi A6 receives the German brand’s Traffic Jam Pilot system just like its bigger sibling. This is a technology that helps the automaker to go semi-autonomous at speed of up to 60 kmph. The interior has 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, 10.1-inch infotainment system, lower 8.6-inch display, new seats with heating, ventilation and massage functions, panoramic glass sunroof, Bang & Olufsen audio system, air quality package with ionizer and fragrance diffuser, Audi connect key and two ambient lighting packages.
The new A6 will have two different engines: a turbocharged 3.0-litre TFSI V6 and a 3.0-litre TDI V6 diesel. The former develops 340 PS and 500 Nm, and is connected to a seven-speed S tronic transmission with standard all-wheel drive system. It can accelerate from 0-100 kmph in 5.1 seconds and do 250 kmph top speed.
The diesel motor produces 286 PS and 620 Nm of torque, and is paired to an eight-speed tiptronic transmission with a quattro all-wheel drive system. Both have mild-hybrid system with belt-alternator starter and a lithium-ion battery to help increase fuel economy by 0.7 litre per 100 km.
Claimed to be sportier than the old model, it has improved suspension and a progressive steering system. Customers can choose optional sport differential and a sport suspension as well. The safety technologies involved include the Park assist package with parking pilot and garage pilot functions. The City assist package has crossing assist and the Tour assist package comes with adaptive cruise assist.
The all-new Audi A6 will be introduced in Germany this June and will have its prices starting from €58,050 (Rs. 46.47 lakh). In India, the A6 is sold in two variants at prices of Rs. 53.84 lakh and Rs. 54.84 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi). The engines used are 1.8 petrol and 2.0 diesel. Both are expected to be carried forward when the new version steps into the market.