Audi has launched its new-generation A6 saloon, arriving at dealerships in 2011.
With sales internationally—including the mainland Chinese market where Audi has sold many long-wheelbase C6-generation A6s—Audi can claim that its entrant is the world’s top selling executive saloon in its class.
The new model has, for the ﬁrst time, a hybrid version, as well as a greater use of aluminium in its construction. That means the car is lighter, which will contribute to fuel economy.
Audi claims a decrease in fuel consumption of up to 19 per cent compared to the outgoing generation.
And unlike many car lines, the new A6 is lower and shorter than the model it replaces, although it is wider.
The overall silhouette has not changed much—the familiar six-light glasshouse is still there—but the lines on the car are stronger, contributing to a more athletic appearance. The LED headlights, currently an option, provide a more striking appearance at the front.
The interior continues to be sumptuous, as one has come to expect from Audi.
As with the larger A8, the MMI system can be operated with a touchpad, which recognizes hand-lettering. Lucire tried this on the larger model and the system works very well—it’s far safer than relying on a controller.
There is now an optional head-up display, rivalling a feature that BMW has in its equivalent 5-series saloon.
The car can connect to the internet, at least in the German market, through its Bluetooth car phone. The UMTS module pulls images and information from Google Earth, and a WLAN hotspot provides contact to mobile terminals on board. The Bang & Olufsen Advanced Sound System is available as the top hi-ﬁ option.
The Audi Pre Sense safety system includes active lane assist, and a park assist system to steer when parallel-parking.
Engines include a start–stop system, an energy recovery system, and thermal management.
Other options include adaptive air suspension with controlled damping, and dynamic steering will become available.