Audi gets its nose in front
The A6 is caught exposing its angular new headlamps, writes Paul Gover
THE next mainstream Audi model destined for a rework and renewal is the A6. The A8 flagship has broken free this year and, despite a growing emphasis on spin-off cars such as the A5 and A7, the German company is going all-out on the new A6.
Test mules have been running for more than a year. Now Carparazzi has first pictures of the real thing, running on the road in Germany.
Its sources point to a major shift for the next A6, which will cut its ties to the Volkswagen Passat. Instead, it is being developed on Audi’s own modular aluminium chassis.
The most obvious visual change to the new A6 is a different treatment to the nose, with angular new headlamps.
The Carparazzi pictures show everything from new door handles and side mirrors to a cabin with a more rounded look.
Also, the camouflage stickers, similar to the design used by BMW on its prototypes, cannot hide a slightly more aerodynamic shape to the A6 body.
The engine range for the new model should include the supercharged 3.0-litre V6 and a new 4.0-litre V8 that Audi is working on. Sophisticated TDI motors will be part of the range too. Two new transmissions will be fitted to the A6 — an eight-speed automatic and a seven-speed dual clutch.
Production of the A6 should begin in the first half of next year at Audi’s Neckarsulm factory in Germany, pointing to Australian sales in the final quarter.
For a full gallery of the A6 spy shots, visit www.carsguide.com.au