Spy pictures of the Audi A6 suggest A7-style looks

Audi looks set to deliver on its promise of A7 looks for the forthcoming next-generation A6, judging from the first spy images of its 5-series rival.

The relatively light disguise on this test car, spied racking up development miles in Germany, shows that the A7’s front end treatment is being transferred to its more conventional sibling.

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The body graphics can’t hide the fact that the headlights are extremely slim towards the centre and widen towards the wings. And the central bar of cladding that splits the front grille is likely to disappear, giving the A6 a one-piece aperture similar to the A7’s.

Expect a more conventional set-up at the rear, though. Audi wants the A7’s tail-light treatment to be one of its stand-out features, so the A6 is more likely to follow the A8’s lead on their design.

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Inside, the A6’s cabin is said to follow the feel of the four-door coupé’s — the two models will share more materials than the A7 does with the A8 — but feature a more traditional, less sporting dashboard architecture than that of its recently launched stablemate.

The A6 will also get a bench rear seat to allow it to cope with five occupants, instead of the A7’s strict four-seat layout. Legroom is likely to be the same, though, since the cars sit on the same chassis, a version of Audi’s MLP platform.

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Engines will range from 2.0-litre petrol and turbodiesel units to a supercharged 3.0-litre petrol. Transmission options will include a seven-speed dual-clutch set-up and the eight-speed automatic introduced on the latest A8.

Due to make its public debut at the 2011 Geneva motor show, the A6 will be the third model in Audi’s ‘big car’ line-up to get the new styling language introduced on the A8 and subsequently modified for the A7.

The A4 is likely to follow suit, and by 2014 the A8 will get a mid-life facelift that will take the car through to an all-new generation in 2018.

John McIlroy

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24 August 2010

so basically there will be 3 similarly sized Audi's and there only differentiating feature will be there lights? Which aren't exactly moving the game on it the style stakes are they?

24 August 2010

Effectively the same as the previous A6. And the one before that. And the one before that. And the one before that.....etc etc

24 August 2010

A4 Yawn, A6 Yawn, A7 Yawn, A8 Yawn, Same Same Same Yawn Yawn Yawn. A XF Please.

24 August 2010

Can we just stop being told about any new Audi's to come out.

It's so so BORING.

24 August 2010

Which Audi model is this?

24 August 2010

[quote Autocar]Breaking news - new VAG car that looks exactly like every other VAG car spotted![/quote] Boring.

24 August 2010

Thank God for the replies above. I thought I was the only one that thought " oh my God another new Audi." It is boring and they are all the same.

24 August 2010

Yup. Another "new" Audi. Very keen Audi fan as I have always been, nevertheless I couldn't be more underwhelmed with the same style for every new Audi these days. When would they even begin to start to listen?

24 August 2010

Why should they? Their cars seem to be selling well enough as they are.

24 August 2010

[quote 24JTD]Why should they? Their cars seem to be selling well enough as they are.[/quote]

Maybe that's the fault of the dullards who buy them.....

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