Audi’s answer to its German competitors.
Audi finally answered to its fierce competitors such as the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and the BMW 5-Series with the new 8th generation (C8) Audi A6. Starting of with the exterior design, the design language of the new Audi A6 is sharp and distinct with taut surfaces, sharp edges and striking lines which undoubtedly convey a sporty elegance and high tech sophistication. The front of the car sports a wide, low-slung Singleframe grille, the flat headlights and the powerfully contoured air inlets to exude sportiness.
At the rear, the short trunk lid ends in a curved separating edge for optimized aerodynamics. A striking chrome strip accentuates the three-dimensional sculpture of the rear and connects the rear lights. Twin chrome steel pipes are also present to elevate the magnitude of sportiness of the new Audi A6.
Describing the interior of the new Audi A6 as beautiful is an understatement. The interior sports a black panel design which expresses the technical competence and digital character of the business sedan to portray a cool and relaxed lounge-like atmosphere. This complements with the sleek instrument panel and the continuous horizontal body line create a sense of spaciousness that exemplifies tranquility. Since design is very subjective in nature, we will leave the judging to you!
The new Audi A6 comes with 2 choices of engine. A petrol and a diesel variant. The petrol variant is powered by a 3.0TFSI turbocharged V6 engine that pumps out 340HP and 500NM of torque. Fuel consumption is rated at 6.7 – 7.1L/100KM (33.1 – 35.1 mpg). The gearbox for the 3.0TFSI is a 7-speed S-Tronic double clutch gearbox.
The diesel variant is powered by the 3.0 TDI with 286 HP and 620NM of torque. Fuel consumption is rated at 5.5-5.8L/100km (40.6 – 42.8 mpg). The gearbox for the 3.0 TDI is an 8-speed tiptronic automatic gearbox. Both variants come with the Quattor all-wheel drive system as standard.
All variants for the Audi A6 comes with Audi’s new mild-hybrid technology (MHEV). It is basically a belt alternator starter (BAS) that integrates and work together with the 48 volt lithium-ion battery which allows the car to be able to coast between 55 to 160 km/h. The engine start-stop function will function at speeds up to 22 km/h and will restart the engine from standstill when the vehicle senses that the car in front starts to move.
The BAS is able to recuperate up to 12kW of energy during deceleration. This MHEV technology is able to reduce fuel consumption by up to 0.7 litres per 100 kilometres in real-world driving condition.
The wheelbase of the new Audi A6 is 4,939 millimeters long ( 7 millimeters longer that its predecessor). Width has also increased to 1,886 millimeters ( 12 millimeters longer than it predecessor). This translates to excellent interior room inside the vehicle. Interior is much larger than the previous generation Audi A6. Legroom, headroom, front and rear shoulder room, boot space are larger than ever before. The bootspace stands at 510 litres which can easily fit multiple golf bags. The trunk lid can also be opened automatically by performing a kicking motion below the car.
The biggest change in the interior is the all new MMI touch response operating system. The new MMI touch response system sets new standards in terms of intuitive operation and personalization to ensure that the car is tailored to the driver. The new MMI system is able to store up to 7 different driver profiles and set up to 400 parameters. The touchscreen panel also comes with haptic and acoustic feedback. Users will hear and feel a click as soon as their finger activates a function.
Customers can opt for the MMI navigation plus and Audi connect to achieve higher convenience. The centre console dashboard is fitted with a 10.1 inch screen (MMI navigation plus option) and a seperate 8.6 inch screen located below. The 10.1 inch screen is responsible for the usual satelite navigation controls and vehicle functions where as the 8.6 inch screen is responsible for the climate control settings.
MMI navigation plus comes with a self-learning function that is based on driven routes which generates intelligent search suggestions. Besides that, route guidance is given based on traffic conditions around the region. The MMI navigation plus also comes with a Bang & Olufsen Advanced Sound System option which delivers exceptional 3D sound quality in the interior. A 12.3 inch Audi virtual cockpit with head-up display is also included as part of the MMI navigation plus.
Driving dynamics have improved significantly as well with the implementation of Audi’s dynamic all-wheel steering. A spindle rear drive located at the rear axle is able to turn the wheel up to 5 degrees.
At low speeds, the rear wheels will turn in the opposite direction to the front wheels which enhances the agility of the vehicle as well as reducing the turning radius of the vehicle by up to 1.1 meters compared to its predecessor.
At high speeds, the rear wheels wheel turn in the same direction as the front wheels to enhance stability when travelling in a straight line as well as changing lanes.
In terms of driving assists, the all new Audi A6 comes with 5 radar sensors. 5 cameras, 12 ultrasonic sensors and a laser scanner. This translates into various clever drivers assistance systems that sets new standards in the luxury class.
These assistance systems include parking pilot and garage pilot which maneuvers the vehicle in and out of a parking or garage. This can be done outside of the car using the myAudi app on their smartphones.
The City assist package and the Tour assist package are also included as part of the drivers assistance package. The City assist package is to monitor incoming cross traffic and potentially intervenes when the system senses an incoming hazard. It can be useful when reversing out of a parking spot in a crowded car park or when backing out onto a busy street. The driver will be alerted with a series of beeps when the system senses an incoming hazard.
The Tour assist package comes with adaptive cruise control which automatically maintains the distance and speed to the car in front. In addition to that, it also intervenes the steering gently to keep the vehicle in lane.
Sales are expected to start in the second quarter of 2018. The All new Audi A6 will be displayed in the 2018 Geneva Motor Show so keep your eyes peeled!