Audi shows teaser image of all-new 2012 A6 model

Article by Christian A., on November 8, 2010

Audi has released a teaser for the new-generation A6 vehicle that it is currently preparing to launch. With this vehicle, Audi is hoping that it will eventually gain some ground on the mid-size luxury segment which is currently dominated by the new models from BMW and Mercedes-Benz.

Audi’s teaser doesn’t show much as it is hiding under a sheet but it was confirmed that the new A6 will be built at the Neckarsulm site, which produces the A8, A8 L (long wheelbases version), R8 Spyder and A7 Sportback models.

Production of the new A6 will start by the end of the current year. The sedan is expected to arrive at the market early next year.

Instead of the Volkswagen Group C chassis, the new version will feature a MLB setup (Audi’s Modular Longitudinal Platform). There were some spyshots previously released that hint that the styling of the A6 will be more aggressive, especially its rear fascia. 

"2010 is the year of production starts for the Neckarsulm site: In addition to the Audi R8 Spyder, A8, A8 L and A7 Sportback, production of the new Audi A6 is also scheduled to start this year. 2010 – A year of production starts: Albrecht Reimold, Plant Manager Audi Neckarsulm, with the five models launched at the site: R8 Spyder, A8, A8L, A7 Sportback and one model still under wraps (A6 successor)" stated the press release.

Audi A6 L e-Tron is on its way

The Audi A6 L e-tron’s refined design is noteworthy. The sedan has a 3.01-metre (9.88 feet) wheelbase, a 5.02-metre (16.47 feet) length, and a 1.87-metre (6.14 feet) width, but it is just 1.46 metres (4.79 feet) high. An overall sporty appearance comes from a long hood, a low, stretched roof line, and clean side lines. Audi’s distinctive LED headlights accentuate the vehicle's resolute look.

The car differs from the production model with its exterior design. In the front, a single-frame grille crossed with sleek bars and almost completely covered air intakes, both signature e-tron features, charm the beholder. Strong e-tron designed 21-inch wheels and exclusive rear diffuser are highlights of the car's distinctive traits. Signatures on the body recall the prototype, while the engine components are stylishly encapsulated under the hood. A ribbed contour at the centre signifies it as a hybrid.

A light, strong body with Audi ultra

The Audi A6 L e-tron concept body is the same as the Audi A6 L. By applying the ultra-lightweight principle, it fully maximises its lightness, firmness, and safety. Made of about 10% aluminium, it is approximately 15% lighter than an all-steel equivalent. Aluminium parts in the load-bearing structure and exterior, as well as the advanced steel in the occupant cell, make the body considerably lighter.

Every Audi model weighs less than the previous one. Because of this, Audi is the leader in turning the increasing weight spiral down. Designers astutely create new material combinations, including carbon fibre-reinforced polymers (CFRP). Audi does not engineer ultra-lightweight builds using only one material. Instead, Audi approaches with a flexibility by utilizing wide range; still with the goal of attaining the most optimal performance with the lowest material use.

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