Audi is developing a replacement for its A6 executive saloon to rival the likes of the excellent Mercedes E-Class and BMW 5 Series. Although we haven’t seen images of this new model yet, our exclusive render takes elements from the Audi Prologue concept (below) to give you an idea of how we expect it to look.
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It’s most likely the new A6 will draw inspiration from the Audi Prologue concept, a car shown to the public for the first time in 2015. This concept might have been a slinky coupe, but numerous design details are expected to make their way onto the new A6 saloon.
The low nose, sharp hexagonal grille and gaping air intakes to either side are all elements that will probably grace the new A6. The trapezoidal headlights are wider, lower and more aggressive than those on the current car and would help to bring the new model into line with the rest of the Audi range. These units will feature LED and possibly laser technology, as seen on the R8 supercar – the latter is likely to be an optional extra, however.
Unlike the Prologue, the A6 will have to conform to a traditional saloon car shape in order to offer the headroom, legroom and luggage carrying capacity expected in this segment. We do, however, expect the concept’s subtly contoured sides and elegant lines to influence the new car’s design.
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New 2017 Audi A6 price, specs and release date (updated April 2016)
A new Audi A6 is in development and could go on sale as early as 2017. Incorporating features already seen in the Audi Prologue concept car (shown above and below), the new A6 will be the first in a trio of updated premium executive cars for the German brand, including a new A7 Sportback and A8 luxury saloon.
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New Audi A6 styling
Most Audis share an instantly recognisable design language and new releases rarely deviate from the norm. We expect this trend to continue with the new A6 – significant areas of its design are likely to have been strongly influenced by the current model with a small number of tweaks to ensure it looks both modern and up-to-date.
The Audi Prologue concept car of 2015 featured a number of design elements that should appear on the new A6, A7 and A8. The wide hexagonal grille, flanked by slim headlights and angular air intakes in the bumper are features we expect to reach production. The strong crease running the length of the car is already present across the Audi range but the full-width brake light at the rear and concave rear windscreen are new elements we could see on the 2017 A6.
New Audi A6 interior
The next A6 could be fitted with three display screens, one in place of traditional instruments, a second ahead of the passenger on the dashboard and a third in the centre console. This configuration will likely be accompanied by an improved version of Audi’s MMI infotainment system.
The new A6’s exterior dimensions are likely to be similar to the current model but the interior should be more spacious. Boot volume will probably be more generous than the current car and the inevitable replacement for the A6 Avant will be even more cavernous.
New Audi A6 engines and driving
A second-generation MLB platform will underpin the next A6 and help ensure the new car weighs less than the current 1,535kg model. A less portly chassis, made possible by the use of a combination of steel, aluminium and carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic, should help improve fuel economy over the current car, too.
The majority of new A6 sales will likely be made up of four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines while high-spec models could come with a 3.0-litre V6 or 4.0-litre V8 engine, currently being developed in partnership with Porsche.
New Audi A6 price and release date
It’s difficult to predict when a new car will be launched or how much it will cost at such an early stage in its development. It has been reported, however, that the new A6 could go on sale as early as 2017. It will doubtless be shown at numerous motor shows before Audi opens the order books but, when it does, we expect it to cost broadly the same as the current car.
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