Audi revealed the new flagship A8 and its smaller stylish sibling the A7 this year. Now following suit, Audi is back to testing their newest sedan, the next-gen A6 and it was spotted for the first time during its cold weather testing.
The C8 A6 will be the fifth generation of the German sedan and is built ground up. It will carry forward the same design language set by the A8 followed by the A7. The headlight design, as can be seen in the images, are similar to its siblings. As compared to the current car, the test mule features an aggressive stance with sleeker headlamps and gaping cascading grille. The new A6 retains its unmistakable silhouette with large overhangs and sporty stance. The A6 is the third largest sedan in Audi’s line-up and that is apparent looking at the new prototype.
At the back, the new A6 seems to adopt the LED strip running across the tailgate similar to the A7 and A8. However, that is not confirmed yet. What is sure, however, is that the tail light will get Audi’s new LED lightning signature. The exterior mirrors also move to the doors aiding the drag coefficient of the sedan. On the inside, it will surely feature Audi’s Virtual Cockpit with added features and creature comfort.
The new gen A6 will shift the MLB Evo platform. It will help the executive sedan lose some extra weight thanks to the extensive use of aluminium in the construction. There is no information on what will power the new A6 but we know the sedan will borrow its powertrain from the other two Four Rings. So you could expect an option of a turbocharged four-cylinder to up to a 3.0-litre V6 under the hood channeled through a seven-speed DCT. The 48-volt mild hybrid system is also on the cards which is standard on the other two Audis.
We expect Audi to reveal the new A6 in the first quarter of 2018 probably at the Geneva Motor Show. The Ingolstadt-based carmaker plans a model offensive of 15+ vehicles in 2018. It should be spearheaded by the new A6 sedan.