A larger, modernized look for the 2012 model year, the Audi A6 sedan returns to the United States marketplace between 78 and 165 pounds lighter in curb weight than its predecessor. A merger of steel and aluminum construction, Audi is continuing adaptation of lighter weight aluminum has allowed key areas of the A6 to promote better handling as well as ride.
Coming back for 2012 in front-wheel and quattro all-wheel drive, the Audi A6 trim ranges from Premium and Premium Plus trim levels. Three-zone climate control, eight-way power front seats, automatic headlamps and sunroof is found as convenience items on the Premium trim. The 2012 Audi A6 quattro model also includes a high-luxury Prestige model. For 2012, the Audi A6 Prestige package furnishes ventilated front seats, four-zone climate control and Audi’s S-Line exterior appearance pieces for a more exclusive touch. All 2012 A6 sedans have the Audi MMI system fitted with Sirius satellite radio and Bluetooth connectivity. Upgrades of the Audi MMI system are numerous with 14-speaker Bose audio equipment, six-disc CD charger and HD radio available. Other noteworthy options on the 2012 Audi A6 includes full LED headlighting, 20-inch alloy sport wheels as well as Audi side assist and pre sense rear. With available Wi-Fi connectivity, Audi Connect is powered by Google Earth and Google Local Search.
Dependant on the choice of front-wheel or quattro all-wheel drive, 2012 Audi A6 bound for the United States bound will be powered by one of two gasoline engines using TFSI (the turbocharged version of Audi’s FSI direct injection). Added to the A6 product line-up for 2012, the 2-liter inline-4 engine powers the front-wheel drive (FWD) models through a Fronttrak Continuously Variable Transmission. Generating 211 horsepower and 258 pounds-feet of torque, the engine is less powerful than the previous base A6 power plant but promises much better fuel economy on the United States roads. In average fuel economy on city and highway driving, the 2012 Audi A6 FWD will deliver 28 miles per gallon (a 4 mile per gallon improvement on the 2011 3.2 liter A6 model).
When the announcement of the European Audi A6 was published, the mid-sized sedan was said to offer three diesel powerplant choices. Regrettably for American diesel enthusiasts, there will be no TDI engine option included on the 2012 Audi A6. Currently, the only Audi car to offer a TDI in North America is the A3 hatchback. Some American buyers will also be eager to see the full S-Line model of the new Audi A6. If rumours relating to the mechanically similar Audi A7 Sportback’s S-Line model is a reliable indication, there is a possibly for a turbocharged V-8 in a future S6 sedan.
Pricing for the new Audi A6 will start slightly higher than the 2011 model year car. The front-wheel drive 2012 Audi A6 in Premium trim is base priced at $41,700 with an $875 extra for a destination charge. The 2012 A6 quattro will retail for $49,900 in Premium level but can top-out at $56,700 for the Prestige model. Potential buyers will have a short wait for the 2012 Audi A6 as sales start into the summer.
Information source: Audi USA