Set to make its debut early next year, the 2012 Audi A6 was officially unveiled bu the German automaker this morning. A competitor to the new BMW 5 Series and the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, the new A6 brings some of the design cues seen in the A8 and A7 models. Also, the new Audi will be the first German executive car to take a leaf out of the Lexus GS450h’s book and be offered as a hybrid.
Proclaimed by Audi as “the most successful executive saloon in the world”, the last A6 has outsold both BMW’s 5-series and Mercedes’ E-class globally. However, its worldwide lead is, in no small part, attributable to sales of Audi’s locally assembled long-wheelbase A6 in China.
The shot lines that give a triangular slope to the new narrower grille resembles the A7, mainly because of the LED headlights which look similar with those from the A7.
On the the rear is the same story … the rear can be confused with that of the A7 very easy.
High-intensity halogen headlights are a standard feature on the new A6. Xenon plus units that include new all-weather lights and an LED daytime running light strip are optionally available from Audi.
Also available is the adaptive light function, which ensures just the right illumination in all driving conditions. Among its features is the floating headlight range control system, which detects other vehicles and localities with a camera and adapts its own light by swiveling the modules with soft transitions.
The new A6 can also be outfitted with all-LED headlights – a major technological innovation from Audi. The white light they emit is similar to daylight; at night, it is gentler on the eyes. The LED headlights are long-lasting, maintenance-free, and highly efficient; at low beam, each unit requires just 40 watts of power.
Aluminium and high-tech steels make up much of the completely reworked body of the new A6, the former accounting for around 20 per cent of the surface area, rendering it exceedingly light, rigid and safe.
Combining the two materials reduces the shell weight by around 15 per cent, and enables the A6 2.0 TDI to tip the scales at a relatively modest 1,575kg. New A6: – 4.92 meters (16.14 ft) long, 2.91-meter (9.55 ft) wheelbase, 530-liter (18.72 cubic ft) trunk capacity.