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Audi reveals all-new A6

2010-12-01 12:35

REDESIGNED: The new Audi A6 cruises to South Africa in 2011.

Amid the flurry of spy shots that have been doing the internet rounds of late, Audi has released details and a smattering of images of its all-new A6 executive sedan.

The all-new model sports a lightweight body, athletic chassis and a range of new driver aids and multimedia systems.

The range of engines and drivetrains is noteworthy too, since this will be the first A6 to sport a V6 hybrid model.

The new A6’s body is constructed using a combination of aluminium and state-of-the-art steels, resulting in a structure that is light, yet rigid, despite the sedan being bigger than before.

The new A6’s length edges close to five metres, while its generous 1.87 metres width should necessitate careful parking. However, the car’s swooping bonnet low roofline and pronounced lines apparently create the impression of the car appearing somewhat smaller than it is.

MIXING MODERN AND CLASSIC

The exterior may appear sleek and modern, but the cabin (with wrap-around elements for the front occupants) is awash with classic wood veneers.

The cabin also sets the scene for the latest generation MMI interface using touch technology, a new air conditioning system and optional head-up display. The MMI navigation system connects to the internet via Bluetooth to pull images and information from Google Earth and integrating this with the navigation route.

MINI A8: The new A6 bears Audi's familiar face, but LED lights remain optional.

However, the navigation system ups the cool factor in that it is able to forward route data to the control units for the headlights, the automatic transmission and adaptive cruise control and allows the systems to assist the driver.

Five engines – two petrol and three TDI turbodiesel units – will comprise the engine line-up, developing between 130 and 220kW. According to Audi, the fuel consumption across the range has decreased by up to 19 percent when compared to the previous model.

The A6 hybrid will be available from Audi at a later date, fitted with a 2.0 TFSI and an electric motor capable of producing 180kW while returning an average fuel consumption of 6.2 litres per 100 km.

Based on the engine chosen, transmission options are a manual six-speed transmission, a continuously variable multitronic, and the new S tronic dual-clutch system. Quattro, which should reassure drivers with its added traction and stability, is also offered for certain models. An optional sport differential will be available for the top-of-the-line engines.

The new A6 will cruise into South Africa from the middle of 2011, Audi SA confirmed to Wheels24 on Wednesday.
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