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2019 Audi A6 Overview
Audi has been on a tear recently, redesigning its complete lineup with an increased focus on style, technology, efficiency and driving dynamics. The midsize A6 sedan is one of the final models in this campaign, debuting an all-new generation for the 2019 model year.
The new A6’s exterior is definitely an evolution of the outgoing model, but keen observers will be able to note the differences. At the front, there’s a wider, more-refined version of the Audi’s full-height hexagonal grille, redesigned headlights with concentric L-shaped LED accents, and widened, lower grille openings. Subtle front and rear fender bulges give the A6 more muscle than before. The new taillghts blend seamlessly into the sides and rear of the car, displaying an attractive fin pattern when lit, tied together by a thin strip of chrome spanning the width of the car. Fans will also be pleased to notice that Audi has preserved one of the A6’s best attributes: a large, open greenhouse with plenty of outward visibility.
Inside, the A6 follows the recently redone A8, with most of the same geometric patterns across the door panel, dashboard and console. A large infotainment touchscreen is well integrated into the dashboard, and Audi has replaced the climate control buttons with a large auxiliary touch screen below the primary touch screen, full of easy-to-read pictograms and large controls. While there are plenty of hard edges in the A6’s cabin, they are offset by subtly-curved panels. To keep things interesting, there’s plenty of satin chrome and wood veneer.
Audi will offer the A6 with just one engine, a new twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 unit, paired with a 48-volt hybrid system. The hybrid system replaces the traditional starter and powers the entire electric system, leaving the engine completely unburdened by belt-driven accessories. Power and fuel economy numbers have not yet been released. Audi has also addressed the A6’s driving dynamics with an improved suspension with active damping and a progressive steering system.
Standard on every A6 is the latest version of Audi’s MMI system, which is focused on mimicking a smartphone experience as closely as possible. Thus, the rotary dial seen on previous MMI is now gone, in place of a touchscreen. Users can manipulate tiles on the home screen by using the drag-and-drop interface, plus use up to 32 shortcut buttons. Advanced voice commands understand and respond to organic commands such as “I’m cold,” and the system even includes a self-learning function that offers suggestions by remembering frequently-driven routes. Audi also plans to release a myAudi app capable of things like passing routes between the phone and the optional on-board navigation system.
It’s clear that Audi wishes to maintain its position at the forefront of technology and modern design with the latest A6. The new model will hit the market later this year.
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