We all had some idea of the 2012 Audi A6’s driving capabilities. After all, it is based on the same platform as the recently unveiled Audi A7 luxury sedan. But now we know what the upcoming A6 would look like as well, thanks to these spy photos of a prototype version caught with minimal camouflaging.
The most visible changes on the A6 are the laid-back stance, upswept lower-body contour, typical Audi tail light designs that extend to the trunk, angular pair of headlights and full LED technology—a first for the A6 line and previewed by the German carmaker in its E-tron concepts.
The test mule has an upright trapezoidal grille, but that’s just Audi trying to deceive you. It will be turned upside down in the production car for sure. The side profile gives us an indication of the car’s length, which is now longer. New door handles and side mirrors can also be seen. The rear design resembles some of Audi’s recent concept cars. Perhaps the most important change on the Audi A6 is the new MLB platform, which allows Audi to mount the engine further back and in an effort to improve the car’s handling.
Audi may offer the upcoming A6 with engine choices comprising a 2-litre petrol and turbocharged diesel units; 2.8-litre, 6-cylinder FSI petrol and 3-litre TFSI petrol mills; and two 3-litre TDI variants. You can also expect Start/Stop system, Quattro four-wheel drive technology, 6-speed manual, 7-speed S Tronic gears and 8-speed automatic gear options.
The 2012 Audi A6 could make its debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2011. Some expect Audi to unveil this luxury sedan in Frankfurt. There are also rumours that Audi may not provide the Avant Wagon version of the upcoming A6, at least in the near future.
However, we’ll have to wait until Audi officially announces the new design changes, price, engine specifications and features of the upcoming A6, which will be produced in Neckarsulm plant in Germany.
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