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More tech advanced Audi A6 bows with hybrid touch


With the Geneva Motor Show due to kick-off next week, Audi has become the latest automaker to unveil a trio of models before the Swiss showpiece, the all-new A6 as well as the rear-wheel drive R8 RWS Coupe and Spyder showed at last year's Frankfurt Motor Show.

Now into its eighth generation and unveiled mere hours after leaking online, the internally designated C8 A6 becomes the latest model to make use of the Volkswagen Group's MLB Evo platform that underpins everything from the current A4 to the Lamborghini Urus, with dimensions of 4 939 mm in overall length, 1 886 mm in width and 1 457 mm in length.

Thus measuring seven millimetres longer, 12 mm wider and two millimetres taller than the old C7, the C8 retains the same 530-litre boot capacity, but according to Audi, now weighs substantially less by making extensive use of materials such as aluminium and lightweight steel. No exact figure was however made.

Externally, the new A6 takes after the A8 and A7 Sportback with the latest iteration of the brand's singleframe grille, short front and rear overhangs, wider bumper placed side air intakes, wheel sizes up to 21-inches and a choice of three headlight options headlined by the top spec Matrix LED setup.

For Europe, the A6 will also be offered in five trim levels; base, Sport, Design, Design Selection and S line, each bringing their own selection of exterior trim pieces.

In addition to a slightly tweaked steering system, fixed aluminium brake calipers and choice of four suspension options; steel springs, sport suspension, damper controlled suspension and adaptive air suspension with damper control, the A6 now comes fitted with rear-wheel steering as standard, which Audi claims has reduced the turning circle by 1.1 meters to 11.1 meters.

Inside, the A6 again takes inspiration from the A8 and A7, with the futuristic design seeing the inclusion of items such as the 12.3-inch Virtual Cockpit Display, the centrally placed 10.1-inch MMI infotainment display and the lower 8.6-inch setup serving as the climate control interface.

Depending on the trim level chosen, creature comforts include a 3D Bang & Olufsen sound system, glass panoramic sunroof, two ambient lighting packages with up to 30 colours, heated windscreen and driver assistance tech such as Parking Pilot, City Assist and Garage Pilot.

Power-wise, the A6 will offer a choice of a single TFSI petrol and TDI engine both displacing 3.0-litres and with six-cylinders, supplemented by a 48-volt battery system for a mild hybrid setup. In the newly badged A6 55 TFSI, outputs are rated at 250 kW and 500 Nm, while the 50 TDI churns out 210 kW and 620 Nm.

As expected, both models send to power to all four wheels via Audi's famed quattro all-wheel drive system, although a eight-speed Tiptronic gearbox is employed in the TDI with a seven-speed S tronic utilised in the TFSI.

In Germany, sales of the A6 will commence in June with pricing from €58 050 (R832 924) for the base 50 TDI, with South African availability yet to be confirmed.

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