Audi’s newly revamped A6 model has been filled with fresh and creative solutions to several problems, some of which can be considered trivial. Audi is doing this in an effort to change the dynamics in the mid-size luxury sedan segment. Audi aims for the 2012 A6 to boost the pace in the luxury market as it seeks to become a trend-setter in this segment.
Audi used new methods of molding sheet metal making the body of the new A6 lighter, stiffer and safer. Audi also used high-tech materials and design methods to lower the interior noise.
The use of composite steel-aluminum gives the vehicle a comfortable and nimble ride. To go with the high-class executive look, the headlights were redesigned and now feature a shallow design that becomes wider towards the fenders, moving the focus towards the sides of the vehicle. Audi offers Xenon plus lights with a LED daytime running strip as a very tempting option.
The new model is slightly shorter and lower than the previous model; however, its width and its wheelbase have grown in size. As a result, the new model now has more balanced proportions.
The interior is similar to those of bigger models, with high quality leather or wood covering every visible inch of paneling. It also offers features like heated and ventilated seats with optional massage functionality. The new A6’s mechanical and engineering are very impressive as well.
It is available with a range of five engines, two gas powerplants and three diesel mills from the economical 2.0-liter TDI to the 3.0-liter TFSI unit that delivers 300hp and enables the car to have a limited top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h). After the new 2012 A6 is launched, a hybrid version is expected to follow closely.
Audi claims that this vehicle is able to run on purely electric power at speeds of up to 62 mph (100 km/h). Audi will start delivery of this new model in early 2011. The new A7 has a starting price of EUR 38,500 (about US $50,000) in Germany.