The all grown up baby A8

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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.

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