Audi reveals the US pricing for 2016 A6 and A7 models image

The second largest premium automaker is a rising star on the US luxury market, nailing the fourth best-selling spot back in 2014 as it managed to surpass the Cadillac brand.

Now the brand seeks to continue its growth scenario through the introduction of the 2016 A6 and A7 models, recently facelifted and upgraded during a mid-life cycle revision. In the US, the base A6 model will start from $46,200 and the A7 jumps to $68,300. The entry-level A6 will get you a 2-liter 4-cylinder TFSI engine and front-wheel drive – which could be too less when Mercedes and BMW offer rear or all-wheel drive from the start. The $46k A6 has 252 HP and 370 Nm (273 lb-ft) of torque, making it way more performance-oriented than the Mercedes-Benz E-Class entry-level that wants $52,650 and comes equipped with a 2.1-liter 4-cylinder diesel turbocharged engine that only has 195 HP.

BMW comes a tad closer to the A6 with its $49,950 528i that comes with the well-known 245 HP 2-liter 4-cylinder turbocharged petrol. For the starting price of $68,300 MSRP, the A7 comes in Premium Plus trim and delivers a munching 3-liter TFSI outputting 333 HP and 325 lb-ft (440 Nm).

The other US option for the Audi A7 is the 3-liter TDI V6 that comes with 240 HP and 428 lb-ft (580 Nm) of torque and starts at $70,400. Meanwhile the competition is a little more divided here. The Mercedes-Benz CLS has the upper hand with a MSRP of $65,990. Meanwhile, the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe will set the interested customers back $78,800 MSRP.