Audi is one fine luxury automaker. However, time and again its models look a bit lacking mostly on the exterior when compared with the likes of BMW and Mercedes. In this case, though the A6 competes with the likes of Mercedes E-Class and BMW 5 Series, the model does not stand out as its competition.
However, Audi is changing all that. The automaker is introducing a new design language that is meant to shake things up in this market segment. The automaker is set to release new models of the A6 lineup sporting a new visual design. In fact, we understand that the car is being designed alongside the A7 and A8 to ensure all the three models stand out when they come out in the market. The new A6 models will share a lot of details with the Prologue which was unveiled at the last LA auto show.
According to inside sources, the new A6 models will set the standards in the luxury sedan and wagon segments. Read along to find out more about the A6 Avant wagon:
2017 Audi A6 Avant Exterior
The new 2017 Audi A6 Avant will be based on the MLB Evo platform. The Audi e-tron is based on this platform. The new model will be lighter since its chassis will use a large amount of aluminum, carbon fiber and high-strength steel.
The A6 Avant will share most of its exterior design with the sedan. The two models have an identical front. They feature a new hexagonal grille with high-gloss black struts. (A radiator grille finished in matt black and gloss chrome is offered in the S line package). The grille will be flanked by redesigned headlights using LED graphics and LED DRLs. The front also features a contoured bonnet and large air intakes. The sides feature larger wheel houses while the roof, on the other hand, is flatter to improve the model’s aerodynamics.
At the rear, the vehicle will feature OLED taillights and a new diffuser which is integrated into the bumper. The models will also be offered in two new exterior colors which are Gotland Green and Matador Red as well as a new Java Brown shade. The rear bumper has also been modified to be more angular. The Avant like the sedan rides on 19-inch alloy wheels.
However, buyers can choose the Advance package which adds a Soho Brown color with Gray highlights on the exterior and 20-inch alloy wheels.
2017 Audi A6 Avant Interior
Changes also extend to the cabin of the model. As you already know, interior styling is where Audi excels. Except for the different shape due to its slanting rear, the Avant cabin will be identical to that of the A6 sedan. To start with, the new cabin will be illuminated by new LED lights. Premium leather is the standard upholstery material on its sports seats.
The dashboard, door panels and the shifter also feature a leather trim. The automaker also offers optional interior inserts which come in a form of “Fine Grain Birch Natural Agate Gray” and “Aluminum Ellipse Silver”. Due to its extra length, the Avant offers better legroom for rear passengers compared to the sedan. The Avant will also offer more cargo space from the current 565 liters.
The big news, however, regards its MMI infotainment system. The new model system supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. In addition, the new Audi phone box will support inductive phone charging for all Smartphones that conform to the Qi standard. There are three screens at the front, the first hosts the vehicle’s virtual cockpit, the second on the dash for the navigation system and MMI information while the third for other functions such as controlling its 3-zone climate control system.
The 2017 Audi A6 Avant also comes with a 10-speaker JBL audio system with a rear entertainment package. This package includes two removable tablets placed on the front seatbacks.
For safety, the A6 Avant will feature stability and traction control, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, front and rear parking sensors, ABS, front collision mitigation, lane change assist and lane keep assist among others. The vehicle will also have a semi-autonomous driving system which will allow the vehicle to drive itself for up to a speed of 37 mph.
Engine Specs and performance
Audi is still keeping details of the engines that will power the Audi A6 models a secret. However, according to rumors the A6 lineup will feature a number of different engines. Likely engines include two 4-cylinder drive-trains, a 3.0 L, V-6 as well as a V-8 engine with a displacement of 4.0 liters. The latter is being designed jointly with Porsche.
There are also rumors of a hybrid drive-train that will use a 4-cylinder engine and an electric motor. Once we get more insight on the engines, we will immediately update you. Thus, make sure to come back for more updates on this model. The Advance package adds permanent AWD Quattro with a sport differential.
Price and release date
Audi will avail the models in the first quarter of 2017 but A6 sedans will arrive earlier in the summer. As for the price, expect a slight hike from the current prices. A starting MSRP price of around $50,000 is likely.