The all-new Audi A6 can park itself without a driver in the car

Audi has finally unveiled its latest business sedan, the Audi A6. This completes the four ring’s new-generation of core sedan models – A8 D5, A6 C8 and A4 B9. The eighth-generation A6 gets an elegant exterior to match its progressive interior as well as a mild hybrid system on all variants.

Measuring at 4,939 mm in length, 1,886 mm in width and 1,457 mm in height, the new car is marginally larger than the model it replaces – 7 mm longer, 12 mm wider and 2 mm taller to be precise. Despite the swelled profile, boot space remains the same at 530 litres.

Design wise, the Russian Doll effect is still very much in place. Like the rest of the Audi range, the front end of the A6 is dominated by the large Singleframe grille and sleek LED headlamps. Unlike the A7 which spots a more progressive design language, the design of the A6 is less busy with necessary lines to show sophistication.

There are five trim levels available for the A6 – Basic, Sport, Design, Design Selection and S Line, all ranges in exterior equipment, body kit and wheel options (up to 21-inch). Top of the range A6 comes equipped with Matrix LED headlight with five horizontal lines for daytime running lights, single horizontal chrome strip connecting LED taillamps  and dynamic indicators. Audi offers 14 colour options for the exterior – seven which are new to the A6 colour palette.

Like its larger siblings, the A6 features a triple screen cockpit – a 12.3-inch Audi Virtual Cockpit instrument cluster, 10.1-inch upper MMI display and 8.6-inch lower display. The three screens are coupled with a variety of interior trims from open-pore wood trim to leather wrapped trims. Two interior lighting packages can be had with the interior – ambient lighting and contour ambient lighting. The latter can set off the cabin with 30 different colours.

At launch, the A6 is available with two powertrain options – a 3.0-litre V6 TFSI petrol with 335 hp/500 Nm and a 3.0-litre TDI diesel with 281 hp/620 Nm. The two engines are equipped with Quattro all-wheel-drive system as standard. An eight-speed Tiptronic automatic is paired to the TDI mill while the petrol engine gets a seven-speed S Tronic dual clutch box.

Those who like a little more excitement in their A6 can check the options list for dynamic all-wheel steering, sport differential, adaptive air suspension and dynamic dampers. All these are paired with the Audi Drive Select System to give an even wider spread of driving characteristic.

Like the A7, all variants of the A6 will feature mild hybridisation courtesy of a 48-volt primary electrical system to improve fuel economy by up to 0.7 litres per 100 km. Read all about the mild-hybrid system here.

Audi will be setting new standards in the segment for driver assistance systems as the A6 comes equipped with Audi AI system that uses as many as five radar sensors, five cameras, 12 ultrasonic sensors and a laser scanner to allow the A6 to park itself into designated carpark without a driver. Adaptive Cruise Assist semi-autonomous driving is also available on the A6.

The all-new Audi A6 is due to roll off the assembly line at the Neckarsulm plant and will go on sale in Germany in June 2018 with base price starting from €58,050 (RM278k).



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