The A6 is in its eighth generation, and the latest version inherits bodywork that clearly draws from the aforementioned A7 and the larger, upmarket A8. With a face that’s cribbed completely from its hatch-shaped sibling, the new A6 is identifiable by its hindquarters. A crisp kink running down the haunches of the car’s sheetmetal, turning into a furrowed brow of sorts over a unique set of taillamps. Chrome trim runs horizontally between the rear lamps, which feature perpendicular elements jutting down from thin, horizontal LED strips. It’s a striking look that fits well with the rear fascia and wide-set dual exhaust tips.
Inside the cabin, the A6 again borrows almost everything from the latest A7, including its 10.1-inch MMI infotainment screen, haptic-enabled touch-sensitive buttons on the center stack, and 12.1-inch Virtual Cockpit gauge cluster. If that’s not enough digital display tech for you, consider adding the full-color head-up display.
Audi’s optional parking pilot and the garage pilot allow the car to autonomously navigate into parking spaces or garages. Adaptive cruise and lane-keeping technology are made possible by a suite of sensors — as many as five radar units, five cameras, 12 ultrasonic units, and a laser scanner are all onboard — but there isn’t anything quite as sophisticated as what Audi offers in its range-topping A8 sedan.
Powertrain options for U.S. A6 models have yet to be announced, but we’d expect the same 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 and 48-volt mild hybrid technology. In the A7, that mill offers up 340 horsepower and 368 pound-feet of torque, and that seems likely to carry over for the A6 along with a seven-speed automatic and Quattro all-wheel drive. Dynamic all-wheel steering is also likely to carry over from the A7.
We’ll have to keep waiting for official U.S. specs and pricing, but in the meantime, check out the image gallery up above.