The all grown up baby A8
Promising a more dynamic experience in a saloon, German manufacturer Audi showcased its 5th generation A6. It is being touted as the car that will take on rivals such as the Mercedes-Benz E-class and the BMW 5-series.
For a change, Audi has not gone the elegant way with the A6 as it had with the A4 and the A3 previously. Nor has it gone stately, like it had done with the A8. Even though this, the A6 comes across more as a baby A8 than ever before. But we aren’t complaining. A quick sneak peek inside and the Audi Virtual Cockpit is all modern with a complete MMI Touch Response infotainment system that uses two touchscreens in place of conventional switchgear much like an experience similar to a tablet or smartphone. Optionally A6 drivers can have the Audi connect key that makes the conventional vehicle key obsolete. This feature is enabled by an Android smartphone and can lock, unlock the car and also start the engine. The A6 is the most sporty of them all. It has the largest and most aggressive front grille and clear and prominent lines. It is then not wrong to assume that the A6 is likely to have a sig-
nificant road presence. The lamp clusters it seems to borrow from the flagship A8 and the interiors are also much more like those of the larger car. The engine lineup includes 3.0-litre TFSI and TDI motors along with the 2.0-litre TDI. While the car will go on sale in Europe in the next couple of months, in India sales are expected to begin only towards the end of the year or early next year.