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2019 Audi A6 Scott Evans

Stop us if this sounds fa­mil­iar. But in case you missed the news on the A8 and A7, here’s the run­down of the lat­est A6. As you’ve al­ready guessed, the least ex­pen­sive of Audi’s medium and large sedan tri­umvi­rate again bor­rows heav­ily from the long-tail A7 and cod­dling A8 lux­ury sedans. At the front, it’s iden­ti­cal to the A7 and mostly the same from the side, save the roofline. The rear end is the A6’s call­ing card, clearly re­lated to the other two but uniquely ex­e­cuted.

The in­te­rior is, like the nose, iden­ti­cal to its near-twin, the A7. Its show­piece is the lat­est MMI sys­tem fea­tur­ing a 10.1-inch in­fo­tain­ment touch­screen at the top of the dash and an 8.6-inch touch­screen with hap­tic feed­back below to con­trol the cli­mate and ac­cept text in­puts drawn with a fin­ger. A fully loaded car with both the op­tional 10.1-inch screen and nav­i­ga­tion also in­cludes the 12.3-inch Vir­tual Cockpit gauges and a full-color head-up dis­play.

Driv­ing-re­lated tech fea­tures in­clude ev­ery­thing from ac­tive safety sys­tems to driver aides such as adap­tive cruise con­trol with lane keep­ing as­sis­tance and Audi’s Park­ing Pi­lot/garage Pi­lot, which al­low you to pull the car into or out of a garage or park­ing space from out­side the car with an app on your phone. Sadly, the A8’s Level 3 au­ton­o­mous tech­nol­ogy does not trickle down to the A6.

The theme con­tin­ues un­abated be­neath the hood, where again like the A7, the only likely engine for the U.S. mar­ket is a 3.0-liter tur­bocharged V-6 with a 48-volt belt al­ter­na­tor starter mild-hy­brid sys­tem. Adding an elec­tric mo­tor/gen­er­a­tor to the ser­pen­tine belt al­lows for quicker, smoother au­to­matic engine start/stop as well as re­gen­er­a­tive brak­ing and the abil­ity to coast with the engine off be­tween 34 and 99 mph. When au­tostopped, which can hap­pen when the car drops below 14 mph coast­ing to a stop, the engine au­to­mat­i­cally restarts when the car ahead moves.

That engine is con­nected to a sev­en­speed dual-clutch au­to­matic trans­mis­sion and a vari­ant of Audi’s Qu­at­tro all-wheel drive, which de­cou­ples the rear axle when not needed to save gas. A rear-wheel steer­ing sys­tem is op­tional and im­proves both agility and the turn­ing ra­dius.

The wheels are cor­ralled by in­de­pen­dent sus­pen­sion all around with one of four spring and shock com­bi­na­tions: springs and fixed dampers, springs and elec­tron­i­cally ad­justable dampers, air sus­pen­sion and elec­tron­i­cally ad­justable dampers, and a sport sus­pen­sion with stiffer springs and fixed dampers.

Slightly larger on the out­side, no­tice­ably larger on the in­side, and fully re­vamped, the Audi A6 will go on sale in Europe in June with U.S. sales likely to fol­low by the end of the year. n

SIM­I­LAR FOR LESS If you’re feel­ing thrifty or don’t want a hatch­back, the A6 will get you all of the A7’s fea­tures for less money. 2019 Audi A6 Base Price $49,000 (est) Ve­hi­cle Lay­out Front-engine, FWD/AWD, 5-pass, 4-door sedan Engine...

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