Audi unveils all-new A6

Audi has revealed all the information on its all-new A6 – the executive saloon set to go on sale in April next year.

Featuring many of the design cues already seen on the A8, Audi insists it has packed the car with innovative new features that put it at the forefront of technological advances.
Fans of the manufacturer's conservative design trend are likely to appreciate the latest A6 as it does no more than sharpen an immediately recognisable face.

Don't be fooled, though – underneath the car sits on a new platform which makes it shorter and lower than its predecessor. A longer wheelbase and slightly greater width should mean there is a bit more space inside.

Expect the usual Audi opulence in the cabin. The manufacturer insists every effort has been made to craft a first grade interior, which now includes a 'wrap-around' inlay which encircles both front seats.

In between the fine trim Audi has festooned the car with desirable tech, even if much of it is relegated to the optional extra list. These include a head up display, Bang & Olufsen stereo, ambient lighting and even internet services via a partnership with Google.

Despite all this extra equipment, the new A6 is around 80kg lighter than the outgoing model thanks to an even greater use of aluminium in its construction.

There will four engines to choose from when the car launches in the UK. Fleet favourite and the likely bestseller will be the entry level 175bhp 2.0-litre TDI which manages 0-62mph in 8.7 seconds via a manual six-speed gearbox.

More importantly the car will emit 127g/km CO2 and return a claimed 57mpg with the right kind of driving. Above the four-cylinder engine sits two versions of Audi's new 3.0-litre diesel V6 offering 202bhp and 243bhp outputs.

The only petrol currently guaranteed to appear in this country will be the 298bhp 3.0-litre TFSI which come with a seven-speed twin-clutch gearbox and the Quattro all-wheel drive system as standard.

There are likely to be more engines in the pipeline (including a V8-powered S6) but the headline act will be the hybrid pencilled in for sometime in 2012.

That model will inherit the petrol-electric drivetrain already introduced in the Q5, but its surprisingly modest economy (45mpg and 142g/km CO2) mean it is unlikely to pinch many sales from the cheapest oil burner.
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