Audi's A6 Cleans up its act
Audi has given its A6 executive car a mid-life refresh, taking the opportunity to tweak its exterior, improve its engine line-up and modify its transmissions and infotainment systems. The updates are not confined to the saloon and Avant body styles, but also stretch to the Allroad, S6 and RS6 models.
Externally, the biggest change is the adoption of the redesigned Audi signature single-frame grille flanked by re-profiled headlights. The bumpers at both ends have also been tweaked and at the rear the exhaust tail-pipes have been altered, as have the rear lights. Talking of lights, Audi’s latest LED and Matrix LED technology can be selected from the options list, along with dynamic indicators.
On the face of it, little has apparently changed on the inside. However, the infotainment system through which online services including media streaming apps can be used, has been updated. Audi’s partner, Nvidia, now provides the new technology that is the basis for the navigation system which uses an 8-inch retractable monitor.
Flint Grey interior trim colour is also available on standard A6 models whilst the S6 is now available in hot Salsa Red.
Driver assistance systems are also now available on the updated A6, including Audi’s Pre Sense basic safety system which is now standard across the range. Adaptive cruise control is also available, and this comes complete with stop and go functionality. This sits alongside Audi side assist, active lane assist and night vision assistant. A head-up display is also available as an option onto which important information is displayed.
All of the TDI diesel engines that were used on the pre-face lift model will be carried over. This means you will get a choice of 4- and 6-cylinder single turbocharged models and a V6 BiTDI. Most of the engines have been improved by having power upgrades and efficiency tweaks. Importantly, the hybrid model will no longer be available to UK customers. The A6 Allroad will continue to feature the current crop of V6 TDIs. Meanwhile, the more powerful S6, S6 Avant and RS6 will continue to use the petrol V8 engines with integrated cylinder-on-demand technology.
Prices are expected to remain at current levels. This means the A6 saloon is likely to start from just under £31,000 with the A6 Avant carrying a £2,000 premium. Deliveries of the new model will begin in late 2014.
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