Among the German big three, Audi makes the oldest of the E-segment sedans among its prime competitors. The current A6 is already at seven years old, whereas the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and BMW 5 Series were significantly redesigned in 2016 and 2017, respectively. Now, Audi is no longer on the backfoot with the reveal of the fourth-generation A6.
As with most Audis, the new body presents an evolutionary redesign, retaining design features that have been a signature for the model line. For starters, there's the six-window configuration which has been part of the A6 line for for 20 years, along with the sleek, rounded roof line. At the same time, new design elements are present, namely in the front fascia.
There's a wider, bolder Singleframe grill, similar in execution to the A7. Its headlights and hood are more angular than its predecessor, defining the corner edges of the the car. The sides have been given more character lines with the one found on the quarter panel giving the car a wider-looking stance. As for the rear, it's a more formal and upright take on the A7's rear with squared off tail lights with an aluminum strip connecting the two units together.
For now, Audi is only showing the S-Line model which comes with a deeper front chin, large faux corner air intakes, a unique rear bumper with integrated air outlets and special alloy wheels exclusive to the option package.
Inside, the A6 sees a double layered dashboard sees flat surfaces on top and curves at the middle section. The face of the dash is finished in gloss black and just above the trim are slim air-conditioning vents. Also, the infotainment touchscreen is flush with the dashboard fascia. Lastly, the climate control screen is located just below the infotainment system, giving the driver interface a near button-less design.
Available on the next-gen A6 is the Audi Virtual Cockpit instrument cluster and a large 12.3-inch infotainment screen. The Multi-Media Information display gets an upgrade with LTE connectivity and smart phone linking to check on vehicle status. Also available is Audi's semi-autonomous driving systems.
At the moment, the A6 can be specified with two engine options, both with six cylinders and turbocharged. One is a 3.0-liter TFSI and the other, a 3.0-liter TDI. The gas-fed TFSI makes 340 PS and 500 Nm while the diesel produces 286 PS and 620 Nm of torque. An eight-speed automatic is paired with the TDI while the TFSI shifts via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Both powertrains come with a ild-hybrid system as well.