The Eighth-Generation Audi A6 Looks Like One Smart Car

February 28, 2018

It may look pretty much the same as the outgoing model. Yet any Audi aficionado knows that this is how the brand loves to do things.  So yes, the eighth-generation Audi A6 is all new, says the German luxury marque.

Longer, wider, and taller by just a few millimeters, the larger Singleframe grille up front, pronounced character line at the side just above the wheel arches, the revised rear lights, and a metal strip that runs the length of the car are what help differentiate the new from the older version. Buyers even get 21-inch rims with ultra-low profile tires.

Thin rubber notwithstanding, Audi promises a supple ride with shaper handling. This seeming contrast is made possible by the use of aluminum on various suspension parts to make for the balanced performance. And while it may still be a large sedan, Audi says it will be as nimble and maneuverable as compact, thanks in part to a smaller turning circle with four-wheel steering.

Inside, occupants will be greeted by a new dashboard that has digital written all over it. A vivid 10.1-inch display dominates the center stack, with a smaller yet still substantial 8.6-inch monitor that controls climate and other vehicle functions sitting underneath it. The driver, meanwhile, gets the 12.3-inch Virtual Cockpit that is now making its way across various Audi offerings.

When we say digital, we’re not just referring to the display. We mean stuff like MMI Navigation Plus that learns your usual route in order to give suggestions for a faster trip next time around. It can also detect traffic hazards to help you get to your destination qucker and stress-free. And this A6 can virtually park itself and come to you at your beck and cal thanks to toys like Parking Pilot and Garage Pilot. Not to worry about fender-benders as it uses as many as five cameras, five radar sensors, 12 ultrasonic sensors, and a laser scanner that all ensure that it can “see” all around.

At launch, the new Audi A6 will be available with either a 3.0-liter TFSI 340hp gasoline V6 or a 3.0-liter TDI mill that puts out 286 horses. The petrol will be paired with a 7-speed S-tronic while the oil burner will get an 8-speed tiptronic gearbox. Quattro all-wheel drive is part of each package.

The new Audi A6 will have its global unveiling at next week’s Geneva Motor Show. It will hit the German market in June, with other markets following shortly thereafter.

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Mr. Gerard Jude Castillo
Gerard has been a self-confessed car nut ever since he was a little boy. As a grown-up, he indulges in his passion by collecting toy cars (which he started since childhood) and reading up on the latest cars out there.  As Associate Editor, he will ensure that you get your fill of the latest cars in the market, as well as a load of automotive features.