The eight generation Audi A6 is set to be unveiled in Geneva next week, but we already have the details. Audi says the new A6 will continue to push and redefine the limits of what is perhaps the most competitive segment; the business class. Along with its segment mate, the Audi A7 Sportback, the eighth-generation Audi A6 is the expressive ambassador of Audi’s new design language with taut surfaces, sharp edges and striking lines.
On the outside, the new A6 is bigger than its predecessor – 7 mm longer, 12 mm wider, 2 mm taller. As you might expect, the body is a mixed construction of steel and aluminium to optimize weight and rigidity. Luggage capacity in the rear is unchanged at 530 litres, although with better loading width to easier accommodate two golf bags.
Step inside and you’re greeted by a business class cabin that is larger and more refined than its predecessor. The new A6 features a black paneled interior that eschews a minimalist, relaxed lounge. There’s an optional 10.1 inch MMI navigation plus, and a massive 12.3 inch Audi virtual cockpit display. Located in the center console within the center tunnel is a standard 8.6 inch display, used for climate controls and convenience functions.
As expected from the Four Rings, lighting design continues to reinforce the character of the Audi A6. There are three available configurations, but the top of the line are the Matrix LED headlights; a total of five horizontal lines that form the daytime running light signature with dipped beam modules above them. On the rear, the taillights are made of a single horizontal line with nine segments; the brake light filling areas in between.
The New Audi A6 will be launched in Europe first, starting from Germany in mid 2018, and will come in a choice of two engines – one petrol and one diesel. The 3.0 TFSI petrol variant is a turbocharged V6 powerplant that makes 340 hp and 500 Nm, which is paired to a seven-speed S tronic transmission which gives a century sprint of 5.1 seconds. The 3,0 TDI variant makes 286 hp and 620 Nm, paired to an eight-speed tiptronic transmission. Both engines will come with Audi’s mild-hybrid technology (MHEV).