The luxury four-door sedan that was revealed Tuesday at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show follows the same jabs that the larger 2019 Audi A8 and 2019 Audi A7 threw first with a mid-size uppercut from Ingolstadt. The A6 combines technology found in the opulent full-sizer and sultry sportback with a raft of fuel-saving features.
Audi detailed two engines for the A6, although only one is likely headed to the U.S. A 3.0-liter turbocharged V-6 likely will be the first available engine in the States, rated at 340 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. A 7-speed dual-clutch automatic will be standard in Europe for the new A6, although it's possible that an 8-speed unit is swapped when it makes the trip overseas. According to Audi, the A6 will sprint to 62 mph in 5.1 seconds when equipped with the gas engine. A turbodiesel initially will be offered in Europe, but it's not likely in the U.S. because reasons.
All-wheel drive is standard equipment on the A6, and an optional sport differential will be made available for certain models. For the first time, the A6 will feature four-wheel steering that can dial in up to 5 degrees of counter-steering at slow speeds for better maneuverability, or in concert with the front wheels at high speeds for better handling.
The new A6 rides atop a stiffer frame, with a mixture of steel and aluminum in body panels and suspension components for lighter weight. Audi will offer its variable steering ratio system in the A6, which can vary quickness from an impossibly fast and agile 9.5:1, to a lax 16.5:1 for comfortable long-distance cruising.
The A6 features Audi's newest MMI infotainment system, cribbed from the A7. A 12.3-inch driver information cluster will be available in the A6 and can complement a 10.1-inch touchscreen for infotainment and an 8.6-inch touchscreen for climate controls, when equipped.
Inside, the A6 is larger with more room for passengers and cargo, and interior lighting in up to 30 different shades. Audi notes that the trunk of the A6 will hold two golf bags simultaneously.