Audi has unveiled the eighth-generation of its popular A6 saloon, revamping the BMW 5 Series and Mercedes E-Class competitor into a high-tech and luxurious mini-limousine. The new A6 brings sophisticated tech and mild hybrid engines to the class for the first time – albeit without the fully electrified plug-in hybrids offered by its main rivals.
In keeping with the firm's move towards electrification, two engines will be available – both with a mild hybrid system. They comprise a 3.0-litre turbocharged petrol with 335bhp and 500Nm of torque or a 282bhp diesel with 620Nm of torque. They offer 35.1mpg and 40.6mpg respectively.
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The mild hybrid system consists of a small motor run from a separate lithium-ion battery. Audi claims the system improves fuel economy by approximately 3mpg.
The exterior of the A6 is outwardly fairly similar to the old model, with Audi chasing evolution rather than revolution in the same way it did with the A8 and A7 luxury cars. The interior offers rather more to talk about, with an almost total lack of buttons – everything is operated through a pair of touchscreens and Audi's excellent Virtual Cockpit digital dial pack.
Audi claims the new car is 'noticeably sportier' thanks to speed-sensitive steering, as well as a steerable rear axle to improve agility around town and stability on the motorway. There's also plenty of aluminium components to reduce weight, not to mention those powerful engines which both dip below six seconds in the 0-60mph sprint.
The new Audi A6 will go on sale in the UK in June, with prices set to be announced closer to launch.