During last month’s Geneva Auto Show, Audi released a sportier A6 sedan. The new 2019 Audi A6 also features new technologies as well as new engines including one that has a mild hybrid system for enhanced fuel economy.
2019 Audi A6 Exterior
The exterior changes are evolutionary as the sedan is easily identifiable as an A6. Although the sedan’s styling is unique, it borrows some cues from the A8 and A7; the design is also inspired by the Prologue concept the automaker showcased in 2014 at LA Auto Show. The new design is characterized by harder angles, beefier detailing and sharper lines compared to the outgoing model. It features a larger iteration of the signature single-frame grille; the new unit has a polished metal surround as well as horizontal divider lines. The headlights have a flatter look and buyers can go for HD Matrix LED lighting. DRLs are standard but the new units extend further across the face of the headlight housings. The side air intakes integrated into the bumper look smaller but sportier compared to the outgoing model’s longer units. The new design aligns well with the small front spoiler while the new windshield wipers feature washer jets.
On the side, the 2019 Audi A6 has a long hood line. Its roofline, on the other hand, stretches rearwards in a forward-leaning style that makes the sedan look sportier. While its wheelbase is longer, its overhangs are shorter. Rear fender flares make the sedan look more menacing. The windows have a brushed metal surround that does justice to the sedan’s premium class.
The rear is characterized by new horizontal taillights that stretch from the fender way into the trunk. The taillights are connected by a chrome strip. Turn signals feature similar graphics as the taillights. Engineers have added a new, curved trunk-lid spoiler for better aerodynamics. The automaker claims the A6 can achieve 0.24 coefficient of drag.
Buyers have a wide variety of exterior colors to choose from (14 to be specific) including 7 new shades. Buyers can further customize the model thanks to several design packages including the S line pack.
Size-wise, the 2019 A6 is larger than the outgoing model; it is 16.2 feet long (7 mm longer), 6.2 feet wide (12 mm wider) and 4.8 feet tall (2 mm taller).
The cabin has been significantly revised; to start with, the center console and the dash are new. Touch-sensitive screens have replaced various knobs and buttons giving the cabin a cleaner look that aligns well with the sedan’s wood paneling. The front seats are also new and they offer massage and ventilation functions; they are wrapped in cowhide.
On top of the dash is a 10.1-inch screen that features the MMI navigation system controls while below it sits an 8.6-inch center console that is used to manage text input, climate control as well as other convenience functions. Adding the optional Navigation plus pack one gets the new virtual cockpit that features a 12.3-inch digital screen in place of traditional gauges. The sedan also features a head-up display that projects information onto the vehicle’s windshield ensuring the driver does not shift his/her eyes from the road ahead. The screens are part of the MMI infotainment system that Audi says is all digital. The system can be customized according to a buyer’s tastes.
MMI navigation is a standard feature and it uses LTE Advanced, a web link for data transfers and connectivity. The MMI navigation plus adds a learning function that features custom navigation and smart search based on regular routes, real-time traffic info and six months of free map updates.
The sedan also features mobile device support, myAudi app for easier access, a digital key, and X-services (hazard info, traffic sign recognition and on-street parking services).
As usual, the sedan features semi-autonomous features including park assist (garage pilot and parking pilot), city assist package that features cross-traffic assist, tour assist package that features adaptive cruise control, efficiency assist and lane-keep assist. The systems are controlled via a central controller that utilizes a fusion sensor which is fed by five radar sensors, five visual cameras, a laser scanner and 12 ultrasonic sensors.
The sedan is more spacious with extra legroom, shoulder room and headroom compared to the outgoing model. The trunk accommodates 18.7 cubic feet of cargo. The trunk lid is opened via a kick under the model’s bumper.
A Bang & Olufsen audio system with 3D sound, an air quality package that offers an air ionizer, extra fragrance and a better air filter are optional. A heated windshield and a panoramic glass sunroof are also optional.
The automaker also offers two interior lighting packages: an ambient lighting package and a contour-ambient lighting package (features 30 different colors). Buyers have five interior schemes to choose from and each features unique materials and colors.
Engine and performance
Audi is yet to confirm details of the engines that will power the 2019 Audi A6 in the North American market. In Europe, the sedan uses a gasoline as well as a diesel powerplant. The gasoline powerplant is a 3.0L, turbocharged V-6 that delivers 340 hp and 368 lb-ft of torque. A 7-speed automatic transmission system works with the automaker’s Quattro AWD system to channel power to all four wheels. To improve fuel economy ratings of the engine, Audi has equipped the engine with a belt alternator starter (BAS) along with a lithium-ion battery to create a mild hybrid system. The engine also features a coasting function that helps save energy between speeds of 34 mph and 99 mph, and a start-stop function for speeds of up to 13.7 mph to further help save energy. The sedan reaches 62 mph in 5.1 seconds and its top speed is electronically restricted at 155 mph. The automaker claims that the engine returns 35.1 mpg on combined drives.
The oil burner is a 3.0 L, six cylinder turbodiesel which is good for 286 hp and 457 lb-ft of torque. It is paired with an 8-speed Tiptronic gearbox and has a self-locking center differential. It returns 43 mpg on combined drives.
In U.S., the model will likely debut with only the turbocharged 3.0L V-6 gasoline mill with the possibility of a couple of gasoline engines later on.
Price and release date
The 2019 Audi A6 hits German dealerships this June while the model will debut in the U.S. market either before the end of this year or early in 2019. U.S. prices are yet to be announced but a starting price of around $50,000 is likely; in Germany, the sedan has a starting price of €58,050.