Audi has released the details of its eighth generation executive sedan Audi A6. The new car brings all the excitement of the latest generation of the A8 to a slightly more compact footprint, while adding in a choice of fuel efficient engines and interior packages.
The new MLB Evo platform allows the car to have a staggering small 0.24 Cd while offering the electronics backbone to integrate all the latest driver aids. The body structure is made from a combination of ultra high strength steel and aluminium and is far more rigid, leading in turn to better NVH levels as well.
While the suspension has been reworked, with greater use of aluminium components to reduce unsprung weight, the car also gets the new steering package with variable ratio steering at the front and a rear active steering component that can turn the wheels by as much as 5 degrees. Suspension offerings vary from steel spring to the complete adaptive air suspension package.
Inside the car, the new two display MMI layout is immediately apparent. The lower console is meant for systems like the air-conditioner while also allowing text input for the MMI. The top screen is for the standard infotainment systems. The two displays are 10.1-inch and 8.6-inch in size and add on to the massive 12.3-inch virtual cockpit display ahead of the driver. In addition the car gets heads-up display. The MMI home menu is customisable, with drag and drop functionality.
The MMI has evolved further, allowing voice command control using natural language.
The car is connected to the cloud over the latest 4G LTE network, allowing better tuning of responses and integration with the navigation and search functions. This allows the car to use Here maps for route guidance, defaulting back to standard route guidance if the connection is lost.
The new technology on the car and its connectivity options allows app based control of the car’s access and features, an evolved Bang & Olufsen surround sound system that integrates a driver phone zone for privacy and the ability to connect to other Audi cars and infrastructure for swarm intelligence and real time updates.
All new engines on the A6 will have a form of mild hybrid on board that uses a belt alternator starter that adds in a coast function and predictive starting. The unit also recovers up to 12 kW of energy and reduces fuel consumption by 0.7 litres per 100 kilometres.