Audi's all-new A6 will arrive in UK showrooms in April 2011 priced from £30,145. Here, Autocar looks at some of the key features of the new executive saloon that will fight ultra-competitive rivals from Mercedes and BMW after the car makes its debut at January's Detroit motor show.
Advanced sat-navAudi’s Satellite Navigation Plus can download Google Earth images on to your route. It also feeds data to the directional headlights, DSG ’box and adaptive cruise control so they can anticipate your direction at junctions.
Dynamic steeringDynamic steering, which varies the speed of the A6’s steering as well as its level of assistance, will be an option soon after launch.
Equipment and pricingUK cars will get leather and regular sat-nav as standard, as well as parking sensors and two-zone air-con. There will be a modest £350 price increase, new for old, but a £2000 value enhancement, says Audi.
Wider grilleBroader, single-frame grille adds visual width to the A6’s front end. High-gloss black plastic and chrome finisher brings upmarket polish.
LED headlightsLED directional headlamps are an option. They emit a whiter light than xenon or halogen bulbs, produce less glare for oncoming traffic and are less adversely affected by sleet and fog. LED tail-lights are available as an option.
Body sculptingAudi calls this bodyside feature, which runs horizontally just below the glasshouse, a ‘tornado line’. It’s one of very few design flourishes on an exterior designed to look smart and familiar rather than fresh and eye-catching.
Wheels and tyresWheel options range from 16in to 20in, and tyre sizes from 225/60 to 265/35. Pressure monitors come as standard.
Ten coloursIbis White and Brilliant Black will be the only solid colours. There are eight metallic colours, including three different greys and two blues, and a pearlescent black and a pearlescent garnet red.
Sportier modelS-Line exterior styling kit adds more prominent bumpers, grilles on the front valance air intakes and a faux rear diffuser.