Audi A6 unveiled at 2011 Detroit Auto Show

Tuesday, January 11, 2011, 14:34 by Auto Correspondent

Audi has showcased the 2012 Audi A6 at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show. Both the exterior as well as the interiors have been redesigned with inspirations from Audi A7 Sportback and its bigger brother A8.

We expect the 2012 Audi A6 to be launched in the U.S. in the first quarter of 2011. India launch of the 2012 Audi A6 should happen soon after as both BMW and Mercedes-Benz have already outed new generation of their competing 5 series and E class in the country.

The Audi A6 will be available with a choice of 2 petrol engines and 3 diesel engines and the transmission will either be a manual 6-speed or the S tronic. These powerplants develop between 130 kW (177 hp) and 220 kW (300 hp). All of these engines make use of important technologies from the brand’s modular efficiency platform namely, the start-stop system, the energy recovery system, and the innovative thermal management concept. Audi claims that the new A6 is 19% more fuel efficient and will outperform the competition i.e., Mercedes Benz E-Class & BMW 5-series.

2012 audi a6 photo

Photo: 2012 Audi A6

The new Audi A6 sports light, aluminum and high-tech steels which are stiff and safe as well. Audi claims that the state-of-the art design methods and materials ensure extremely low interior noise levels, which is a good thing.

The new A6 has sporty proportions (4.92 m x 1.87 m x 1.46 m), with a 2.91 m wheelbase, boasting athleticism and elegance — especially the long front overhang, sweeping roofline and prominent lines on the flanks render a dynamic stance. The headlamps will come with LED headlights (optional) & xenon plus (optional) emphasizing the striking Audi expression at the front.

2012 audi a6 cockpit photo

Photo: 2012 Audi A6 cockpit

The interior of the Audi A6 echoes the sinewy style of the exterior. The main element is the ‘wraparound’ inlay encircling the driver and front seat passenger and the dashboard is driver oriented. Audi offers optional ventilation and massage functions in the A6’s front seats. The classy ambient lighting, which is offered in the lighting package, offers a posh look.

Efficient automatic AC and latest generation MMI radio operating system comes as standard. Heads-up display and MMI touch operating system are available as options. The top of the hi-fi line is the Bang & Olufsen Advanced Sound System. The trunk capacity is 530 litres.

2012 audi a6 rear photo

Photo: 2012 Audi A6 rear

The new A6 is loaded with a sophisticated chassis design adaptive to wheels ranging from 16 to 20 inches in diameter. The high-efficiency electromechanical power steering, ESP with electronic limited-slip differential on front-wheel-drive models, selective torque vectoring with quattro drive and Audi drive select dynamic handling system are standard. Audi offers an optional adaptive air suspension with controlled damping.

Audi offers advanced pre sense, adaptive cruise control with stop-go function. Besides, the A6 comes with host of other driver assist features such as Active lane assist, Audi side assist, night vision assistant with highlighting of detected pedestrians, speed limit display, and park assist.

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