Audi has revealed the sixth-generation A6 sedan in a series of official images ahead of the car's public premiere at the Detroit auto show in January.
The new A6 is the sister car to the recently introduced A7. They share platforms, engines, front-wheel- and four-wheel-drive combinations, electric architectures and high-quality interior appointments. Most intriguingly, the A6 will be the second Audi model to offer the choice of hybrid drive. A new S6 also is planned.
Equipped with the same gasoline-electric system earmarked for the Q5 hybrid, the A6 hybrid has a 211-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine. It works in combination with a 45-hp brushless electric motor drawing energy from a 1.3-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery mounted within the floor of the trunk.
Conceived as a full hybrid, the new Audi is capable of providing pure electric drive at speeds up to 62 mph (100kph). When traveling at a constant speed of about 37 mph, the car is claimed to provide a zero-emission range of 1.9 miles. Performance-wise, the car is said to hit 62 mph from standstill in 7.3 seconds and to reach a top speed of 148 mph. Combined city/highway fuel consumption is put at 37.9 mpg (6.2 liters per 100km).
The A6 adopts a crisper and edgier exterior design than its 6-year-old predecessor. Still, a flourish of familiar Audi design features such as a prominent six-corner single frame, angular headlamps, a heavily curved roofline, prominent shoulder line underneath the side windows and stylized horizontal taillights leave little doubt about its Ingolstadt origins.
Dimensionally, the new A6 is slightly shorter but wider and marginally lower than its predecessor. The Audi also sits on a larger chassis; the wheelbase has been extended and the front track grows. Despite increased frontal area, the overall drag coefficient has improved to 0.26--down from an earlier 0.29.