Audi has the revealed the new A6 saloon, which will be available in the Summer.
It is packed with new technology, much of which debuted on the recently launched A8 flagship saloon. Audi also promises a more dynamic driving experience.
The MMI Touch Response infotainment system uses two touchscreens in place of conventional switchgear, offering a similar experience to a tablet or smartphone.
A fully digital Audi Virtual Cockpit with a 12.3-inch high resolution in-binnacle LCD screen is optionally available, as is a full colour head-up display.
Connected services enhance the navigation systems ability to provide effective routes and can also provide the car-to-X services traffic sign and hazard information. Using the myAudi app, A6 drivers can access the brand’s digital services via a smartphone.
As an option, the Audi connect key replaces the conventional vehicle key. It allows an Android smartphone to lock and unlock the car and start the engine.
Driver assistance can be enhanced with the Tour Package, which offers adaptive cruise assist. It supplements the adaptive cruise control by means of gentle steering intervention to keep the vehicle in lane, and the efficiency assist, which promotes an economical driving style.
All engines in the new A6 feature mild-hybrid technology which enables the A6 to coast at speeds of between 34MPH and 99MPH to boost fuel economy. The start-stop function can kick in earlier too, at speeds of 13mph and below.
In real-world driving, the MHEV technology is expected to reduce fuel consumption by up to 0.7 litres per 62 miles.
Two engines will be available at launch, one petrol and one diesel. The petrol unit is a 3.0 TFSI with CO2 emissions from 151g/km.
The 3.0 TDI develops 286PS and can achieve 51.3mpg with combined CO2 emissions from 142g/km.
A more frugal 2.0 TDI unit is also expected with front-wheel-drive, badged 40 TDI.
All A6 models will be equipped with automatic transmission and both engines channel their outputs through quattro all-wheel drive as standard.
The interior of the new Audi A6 is larger than in the outgoing model with legroom in the rear that exceeds its core competitors. There is also more headroom and shoulder room.
Full specifications and prices are yet to be revealed but entry level models are expected to start at around £35,000.