The mid-level luxury car market has turned into a battle royal with the BMW 5 Series, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Infiniti M and the Jaguar XF existing as some of many prestigious packages reloading for a premium sedan fight. An ultra-competitive luxury car market, the position of standing still is essentially going backwards. While a redesign of the Audi A6 occurred just two years prior, a sense of urgency set in within the Ingolstadt, Germany headquarters to freshen their important mid-sized four-door.
Shaped over 20 percent aluminum coupled with high-tech steel construction, the new Audi A6 is reshaped using the persona of the newly-released Audi A7 Sportback (a unconventional wagon which shares the mid-sized sedan’s platform). New A6 sedan’s wheelbase length has grown by almost 3 inches to 113.6 inches for an improved road-holding stance. Roughly 0.7 inches wider than its 2010 counterpart, the new Audi A6 dimensions of 193.68 inches in length and 57.48 inches in height is largely consistent with the predecessor’s design. Focus on top-notch strength and low weight also included Audi engineers considering the best aerodynamic flow of the 2011 Audi A6 sedan which now runs at a drag coefficient as low as 0.26 in testing.
Adhering to current European styling, the design of the new Audi A6 sedan is crafted to be athletic without involving unnecessary curves and accents. At first look, the most eye-catching detail of the new A6 sedan is the more aggressive Audi A7-farmed headlamps style. Given a near menacing stare at the road, an option all LED forward lighting further enhances a look of a high-tech sports sedan. Dedicated to allowing drivers to have the best view of the road in all driving conditions, new Audi A6 sedans also have an available adaptive light function automatically adjusts illumination based on the surrounding traffic. An available S line package for the outer part of the new Audi A6 lends to more racier design details including sharper front bumper and a rear diffuser insert.
A skillfully conceived exterior, interior details of the new Audi A6 were also granted the expertise of Audi personnel. Said to be a trip into “an ambiance of airiness and roominess” according to Audi, the new A6 controls are thoughtfully laid out around the dash panel and center console for the motorist. Audi’s newest edition MMI radio and CD player is standard operated through a 6.5 inch monitor. To offer a full scale of multimedia options, DVD charger, a 1,300-watt Bang & Olufsen supplied 15-speaker sound system and wireless LAN are all features found on the new Audi A6.
For the absolute luxury feel, optional comfort seating for the driver and passenger provides up to 18-way adjustment. Beyond power seating adjustment controls, comfort seats also incorporate a massager offering five different levels of stimulation. Trim pieces come in a Micrometallic platinum, aluminum or in a variety of real wood such as ash, walnut and soon an oak accent. 18.72 cubic feet of luggage space inside the new A6 will allow owners to take more items on a weekend trip or away from a shopping spree.
Propelling the new Audi A6 on the world stage is two gasoline and three diesel engines. In German specifications, a 2.8 liter FSI V-6 204 horsepower and a 300 horsepower 3-liter turbocharged FSI engine make up the contingent of gasoline powerplants. A trio of TDI powerplants, the new Audi A6 engines can be opted in a 2 liter inline-4 , or one of two turbocharged diesel engines in a 3-liter capacity. Unclear for what engines will be presented on the North American version of A6 sedan, assume the larger turbocharged 3-liter gasoline engine with a outside chance of seeing one of the turbodiesel powerplants available. Transmission choices span from a 6-speed manual, a continuously variable multitronic transmission and a 7-speed S Tronic dual-clutch gearbox. An engine for a likely Audi S6 trim is also yet to be confirmed. What can be confirmed is the new A6 will be offered in either a front-wheel drive or the Audi quattro all-wheel drive system.
Joining suit with competitors from Mercedes-Benz and BMW, the Audi A6 will soon add an all-new hybrid version. Combining the 2-liter TSFI 211 horsepower engine with an electric motor worth 45 horsepower, the Audi A6 Hybrid said to allow six-cylinder performance while providing the economy of a four-cylinder. When released, fuel efficiency for the Audi A6 Hybrid is expected to range just under 38 miles per gallon through average city and highway driving conditions. The Hybrid powerplant will also be able to run up to 3 kilometers (1.86 miles) on pure electricity at a speed of above 37 miles per hour.
Planned for release in Europe for early 2011, the new Audi A6 sedan should arrive in North America shortly.
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