INGOLSTADT: Europe’s successful business-class station wagon - the Audi A6 Avant - will be moving into a next generation soon.
Measuring 4.93m, the A6 Avant makes a very agile first impression with its sporty proportions and low roof line.
The new model will come with a lightweight body of which a large portion is made of aluminium, and gets a wide array of assistance and multimedia systems.
With aluminium components comprising roughly 20% the body, Audi has reduced the gross weight of the new model by as much as 70kg compared with the previous version.
The new A6 Avant will also offer a choice of two petrol and four diesel engines which have been engineered to consume 18% less fuel.
Topping the engine line-up is the new 3.0-litre TDI with twin-turbo technology and 230kW (313bhp).
Depending on the engine choice, the new A6 Avant rolls off the assembly line with either a six-speed manual, the sporty seven-speed S tronic, the continuously variable multitronic or the eight-speed tiptronic.
In addition to front-wheel drive, the latest version of the quattro permanent all-wheel drive is available as an option.
The Audi drive select driving dynamics system comes standard, and the new electromechanical power steering is extremely efficient.
In the front-wheel-drive variants, the ESP electronic stabilisation program featuring an electronic limited slip differential make the car’s handling even more precise.
Options include the adaptive air suspension and dynamic steering, with the latter to be made available later.
Making its debut is the gesture-based control of the A6 Avant’s power hatch in combination with the convenience key.
If the driver stands behind the car and makes a specific movement with his or her foot, two sensors will open the hatch.
Another new feature, the Audi connect fully fledged Internet connection, places the A6 Avant at the head of the pack.
In collaboration with Google, it brings special online services to the car, including voice-controlled points of interest search.
A Wi-Fi hotspot allows passengers to surf and email freely while on the road.
The Audi online traffic information service informs the driver in real time about how heavy traffic is on the selected route.
The A6 Avant will also get the parking system plus with 360° display where four small cameras – at the front, the rear and in the housings of the side mirrors – that record images of the surroundings.
Coupled with special software, these images can projected on the dashboard monitor for safer manoeuvring in areas with obstructed views.
Sales will start in key European markets in late summer with a base price from 40,850 euros.