Audi A6 Avant

OF­FI­CIAL Wraps off new exec es­tate Car­ries over tech from sa­loon

Auto Express - - Contents - John_m­cil­roy@den­ @john­m­cil­roy John Mcil­roy

Lat­est exec es­tate loads up on style and tech­nol­ogy

THE lat­est-gen­er­a­tion Audi A6 sa­loon hasn’t reached deal­ers yet, but the Ger­man brand has wasted lit­tle time in re­veal­ing the Avant es­tate ver­sion.

A ri­val for the BMW 5 Se­ries Tour­ing and Mercedes E-class Es­tate, the lat­est A6 Avant gets the same evo­lu­tion in styling as its four-door sib­ling.

The car is slightly larger than its pre­de­ces­sor – 10mm longer, 20mm wider and 6mm taller – but its front and rear over­hangs are both re­duced, thanks to an ex­tended wheel­base. That should im­prove cabin space, par­tic­u­larly for those sit­ting in the rear seats.

The rest of the shape echoes the sa­loon’s styling. At the front, there’s a 3D ef­fect to the head­lights and a ‘strong’ grille that makes a point of show­ing the car’s laser and dis­tance sen­sors.

To­wards the rear, there are size­able D-pil­lars, a small roof spoiler and a chrome strip that runs across the back. As usual, S line mod­els (as seen here) will get dif­fer­ent bumpers, with winglets at the front and a dif­fuser at the rear.

The A6 Avant’s load bay re­mains the same as in the car it re­places: 565 litres as stan­dard, or 1,680 litres with the 40:20:40-split rear seats folded. The more rak­ish tail­gate (which Audi says is a de­sign nod to the orig­i­nal 100 Avant) may af­fect the car’s abil­ity to swal­low larger items, but it still looks like it’ll be more than big enough for most fam­ily needs.

Inside, there’s even less to split the Avant from the sa­loon. The dash­board is dom­i­nated by Audi’s lat­est dual-screen in­fo­tain­ment, com­plete with hap­tic feed­back that gives you a fin­ger­tip sen­sa­tion to con­firm that an on­screen but­ton as been ‘pressed’.

One of the sys­tem’s neat­est func­tions is an ad­vanced park­ing cam­era set-up that al­lows you to see what’s go­ing on around the ve­hi­cle – as if it were be­ing filmed from a drone. Audi’s 12.3-inch

“Load bay is the same as in car it re­places, but new­comer has a more rak­ish tail­gate”

dig­i­tal dials also feature, while a head-up dis­play will be of­fered.

The en­gine line-up will mir­ror that of the sa­loon, with petrol or diesel V6s, all fea­tur­ing 48-volt mild-hy­brid tech and four-wheel drive. The 50 TDI will have a 282bhp 3.0-litre diesel, plus Audi UK is con­sid­er­ing of­fer­ing a 228bhp ver­sion of the same mo­tor. The V6 petrol 55 TFSI will de­liver 335bhp. A 201bhp 2.0 TDI four-cylin­der is also in the pipe­line – although the UK is un­likely to see this model un­til the end of the year – and a high-per­for­mance RS 6 is com­ing. All A6 Avants will have auto trans­mis­sions.

There will be four sus­pen­sion set-ups: steel springs, steel springs with adaptive shock ab­sorbers, sports sus­pen­sion and full air sus­pen­sion. A sports diff and dy­namic all-wheel steer­ing will also be avail­able, with the lat­ter help­ing re­duce the turn­ing cir­cle by up to a me­tre.

The A6 Avant is due on sale in the sum­mer, priced from around £40,000.

CA­PAC­ITY Boot space is iden­ti­cal to the out­go­ing car’s, at 565 litres, and in­creases to 1,680 litres when you fold the 40:20:40split rear seats

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