The all-new Audi A6 will arrive at dealerships in early 2011. It will be built with a combination of steel and aluminum, which means the 2.0 TDI will be 15% lighter than the outgoing model. This is thanks to almost 20% of the body formed in aluminum.
As well as looking sharper, the new exterior has been sculpted to pierce the air. As a result, it has an a 0.26 Cd drag coefficient. Along with the lighter body and other measures, the A6 will not only deliver dynamically, but also in terms of efficiency, with 47mpg (US) economy possible from the frugal European diesel derivatives and correspondingly low CO2 outputs.
In fact, the new A6 series will start with five powerplants in Europe. This will include the 2.0-liter TDI 177hp, 3.0-liter TDI 204hp, 3.0-liter TDI 245hp, while the gasoline engines will include the 2.0TFSI 200hp and 3.0-liter TFSI 300hp.
All the engines make use of advanced direct injection technology for the leanest fuel burn rates, and work in conjunction with a start-stop system, energy recovery system and innovative thermal management concepts.
As a result, fuel economy has improved by up to 19% compared to the previous model.
The Audi A6 hybrid will follow at a later date. By combining a 2.0-liter TFSI engine with an electric motor as in the current Q5 hybrid model, it will be capable of zero emission urban driving and up to 38mpg US, yet will have 245hp on tap for strong performance. As was the previous A6, the new car will have a range of drivetrains. The choice, based on engine size, will include a manual six-speed transmission or continuously variable multitronic CVT for front-wheel-drive models, as well as the new seven-speed S tronic twin-clutch transmission for quattros.
New energy-efficient electro-mechanical power steering, in conjunction with the lightweight aluminum suspension set-up, will impart greater precision and composure. The standard Audi drive select adaptive dynamics system will allow drivers to fine-tune the car’s responses via the MMI screen, and in front-wheel-drive models the latest Electronic Stability Program with electronic limited slip differential will boost agility.
Comfort has been refined with the option of adaptive air suspension with controlled damping.
While the new A6 is more of a facelift than an entirely new model, it will share the family appearance of the new A8 and A4, offering a sleeker, lighter, more aerodynamic exterior that is certainly more handsome than the current model.