Meet Audi’s latest tech-filled car for execs

The 2019 Audi A6 is loaded with tech wrapped in a sleek-looking design. This car is perhaps the most tech-laden car in its segment. However, will it be able to draw buyers?

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What makes a car important to its maker? There are numerous reasons behind it – sales, innovation, lineage, competition, etc. All these reasons also apply to the Audi A6’s existence. Its importance to Audi can be highlighted by two important facts. Firstly, back in 1994 when a campaign by Chinese government pushed its officials to stop using Mercedes cars, they turned to the A6. Secondly, a research in 2011 revealed that China and Hong Kong made up for half of A6’s worldwide sales that year. This makes the A6 important enough for Audi to give it a ground-up redesign. The fifth-gen A6 has finally gone on sale in Europe. But it isn’t coming to India yet. When is it coming to India? Why talk about it right now? Will it be worth the buyers’ consideration?

Specifications Audi A6 Petrol Audi A6 Diesel
Price N/A Euro 55,050 – 58,050 (approx Rs 44.15 – 46.94 lakh)
Engine

DOHC, 24-valve, turbocharged 3.0-litre TFSI V6 petrol

DOHC, 24-valve, turbocharged 3.0-litre TDI V6 diesel

Power 340HP 231HP – 286HP
Torque 500HP 500Nm – 620Nm
Transmission

7-speed S-Tronic dual-clutch automatic

8-speed tiptronic torque converter automatic

Front Suspension

Independent, Multi-link with anti-roll bar

Rear Suspension

Independent, Multi-link with anti-roll bar

Front Brake

375mm discs with aluminium callipers

375mm discs with aluminium callipers

Rear Brake

350mm discs with aluminium callipers

350mm discs with aluminium callipers

Length

4,939mm

Width

2,110mm

Height

1,457mm (with steel springs)

Wheelbase

2,924mm

Mileage

14.92kmpl

18.18kmpl

Fuel Tank Capacity

63 litres (73-litre available as an option)

What’s new about the Audi A6?

The fifth-gen Audi A6 was first showcased at 2018 Geneva Motor Show. The A6’s lineage dates back to the Audi 100’s times. By that logic, this car is in its eighth generation (three generations of Audi 100 count; please correct me if I am wrong here, Audi folks). The all-new A6’s design has one clear focus – stealing the show. Taut surfaces, sharp styling elements, and tight tolerances make it a car one can stare at for hours.

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Small overhangs, cab-forward layout, and nicely-sloping roofline make it look like a million bucks. Creases on the bonnet and on the car’s waistline (visible at front and rear fenders only) highlight the taut nature of its design. Turning it into one hell of a head-turner are the styling elements. The front is dominated by the Singleframe (Audi speak) hexagonal grille with chromed slats (eight in number) and outline. Surrounding its top side edges are polygonal headlamps with integrated LED DRLs. The bottom side edges are flanked by air intakes. Below the bottom edge of the grille sits a splitter.

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The sides of the all new A6 are clean, save for three creases (two on fenders and one on the lower part of doors), chrome outlining around windows, and those eye-catching Y-spoke alloy wheels. The rear sports twin taillamp with a chrome strip running across the boot lid through them. Twin exhaust pipes and diffuser insert round up the styling elements on the rear. However, the eye-catching bits are not just limited to the outside.

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Inside, the all-new Audi A6 gets a penta-layer dashboard design. Of these layers, the one that will catch buyer’s eye is the one that houses the MMI screen. When switched off, one will find it difficult to even spot the MMI screen in this layer. Outlining this layer are brushed aluminium inserts which can also be spotted on the steering wheel, door trims, and floor console. Black leather covers the top pat of dash while beige leather covers almost every part of the interior that a user will likely touch. Beige leather can be swapped out for a different colour and material finish too.

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The Audi A6’s interior is loaded with tech. Aside from the Virtual Cockpit (which is as amazing as ever), there are two more digital displays on the centre console. The top one controls the infotainment system while the bottom one controls functions for A/c, seats, and more. Both these displays are slightly angled towards the driver for ease of use. More tech comes in the form of a smartphone app that connects with the car’s key via NFC and offers functions like remote car lock/unlock and vehicle ignition.

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The all-new Audi A6 will be offered with three engines – one petrol and two diesel. The petrol engine is a turbocharged 3.0-litre TFSI V6 unit. It makes 340HP power and 500Nm torque. It is mated to a seven-speed S-Tronic dual clutch automatic gearbox. The diesel engine is a turbocharged 3.0-litre TDI V6 unit. Its power and torque outputs range between makes 231HP – 286HP and 500Nm – 620Nm, respectively. It is mated to an eight-speed tiptronic automatic gearbox. Both engines get Quattro all-wheel drive as standard. The diesel engine can optionally be fitted with a sport differential as well.

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All three engines have been equipped with mild hybrid tech. A Belt Alternator Starter (BAS) system has been paired with a 10Ah lithium-ion battery. The 48V mild hybrid system helps the car coast between 55kmph – 160kmph. When the car decelerates, the BAS recovers up to 12kW energy. The mild hybrid system results in lowering fuel consumption by up to 0.7 litres per 100km in real-world driving conditions.

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The fifth-gen Audi A6 gets some clever drivetrain tech. The crucial bit is that it gets four-wheel steering. While it is optional, it makes hustling this car around town and highways a breeze. Up to 60kmph, the rear wheels turn 5 degrees in the opposite direction to the front wheels and reduce the car’s turning circle by up to 1m. The car is offered standard with steel springs. However, also on offer are Sport Suspension which lowers the car 20mm and available separately/together with 19-inch wheels in S Line package.

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The second option offered is Suspension with Damper Control which lowers the car by 10mm. Lastly, there is Adaptive Air Suspension that lowers the car by 20mm in normal state and by a further 10mm at speeds above 120kmph. Audi Drive Select enables the driver to adjust the three optional damper systems on the fly.

Is the Audi A6 worth consideration?

Here comes the kicker of the story. The Audi A6 is yet to welcome four-cylinder engines. However, they will be on offer by the time Audi brings the car to India. Moreover, the A6 will be assembled in Aurangabad in India (the only place outside Germany for now). Right now, this car is likely slated for India launch in 2019 (it is a 2019 model year car after all). However, those plans can change any time. What makes this car worth consideration is the fact that it is the total package in its segment. Its show-stopping looks have been paired with powerful engines and clever drivetrain tricks to make it go fast.

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None of Audi A6’s rivals can outdo it in looks or interior quality departments. This car has probably the most tech-laden interior (for now). There is no getting around the fact that Virtual Cockpit is the best driver information display right now with its customizable display, legibility, and driver friendliness. Also, the A6 is an electrified product line in Audi’s range. With features such as vehicle-to-x features like hazard information and up to 39 driver assistance systems, the Audi A6 is perhaps the most technologically-advanced car in its segment. For today’s tech-forward crowd, that’s reason enough to consider this car.

Audi A6 – Synopsis

  • Prices start from Euro 55,050 (approx Rs 44.15 lakh at current exchange rate)
  • Is a fifth-gen product (or eighth-gen, according to Audi)
  • Based on MLB platform, has taut design and stunning looks
  • All engines paired with a 48V mild hybrid system
  • Has two V6 engines for now – one petrol and two diesel
  • Petrol engine gets dual-clutch automatic gearbox while the diesel engines make do with torque convertor automatics
  • Three optional suspension systems on offer
  • Rear-wheel steering offered on the car
  • Up to 39 driver assistance systems offered with the car like crossing assist, adaptive cruise assist, and efficiency assist
  • HD Matrix LED headlamps offered as an option
  • Two displays on centre console, Virtual Cockpit offered as optional equipment
  • Audi Connect Key allows users to remotely lock/unlock and start/stop ignition via smartphone commands
  • Car-to-X functions include traffic sign information and hazard information
  • Sensor set with laser scanner on the car feed information to central driver assistance controller
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