The next-generation 2018 Audi A6 is one of the cars worth waiting for, which is expected to come with a much more evolutionary design than the previous generation models. It’s targeted to fill the mid-size luxury sedan segment in the U.S. market and should be ready to compete with some of its competitors like the Mercedes E-class, Lexus GS, Maserati Ghibli, BMW 5-Series and Cadillac CTS. In terms of sales, the Audi A6 is much more salable than its sibling the “A3 and A4” and has become quite popular in the global market. That’s why the Audi A6 is considered an important product for the German automaker.
According to a recent report, the 2018 Audi A6 will most likely be built on the MLB Evo modular-longitudinal platform and this is a new highly-flexible platform with bringing many new tech features. Basically MLB Evo is the same platform that can be found in the 2017 Audi A8 and A7 sedan. Thanks to the MLB Evo platform, the upcoming A6 mid-size sedan can offer both all-wheel drive and front-wheel drive configurations with weight reduction of around 100 kg.
2018 Audi A6 Redesign and Changes
The new model is expected to receive some changes and redesigns, as well as will take many design cues from the 2017 Audi A4 sedan. The most important is that the fifth-generation Audi A6 sedan will probably come with an updated sleek styling design, complete with new tech features and twin touch screen. In addition, recent reports indicate that the 2018 Audi A6 will be equipped with the same user interface as the current 2017 Audi A8. Even the spy shot photographs that appear on the internet show a sharp design line with dynamic profiles on the upcoming A6 sedan. There is also a new daytime running light and a bright chrome strip on the rear end of the car.
Other changes can be seen in its interior, where the new Audi A6 features new cabin architecture and is totally different from the previous generation model. The driver will no longer find the traditional buttons on the upcoming A6 sedan since the German carmaker has switched to using Audi’s scroll-wheel driven MMI system. Audi for the first time will offer new haptic touchscreens on this new model, complete with premium shades and new multimedia features in its interior. The cabin will also be controlled via two touch screens that are seamlessly integrated into the center console.
2018 Audi A6 Engine Specs
Audi offers several engine spec options on the upcoming A6 models for both U.S. and European markets. The turbocharged 2.0-liter TFSI four-cylinder engine will most likely power an entry-level model with peak output still at around 252 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque. While the supercharged 3.0-liter TSFI V6 engine will only be available as optional on the 2018 Audi A6, which can deliver at least 333 horsepower at 5,500 rpm – 6,500 rpm and 325 lb-ft of torque at 2,900 – 5,300 rpm. The power output and torque for both engines are likely not much different from the current U.S.-spec A6 model.
The U.S. and European buyers are also likely to opt for a 2.0-liter turbo diesel unit as a standard powertrain option, followed by plug-in hybrid e-tron only for the U.S. market. The legendary Audi Quattro® all-wheel drive system will be available as a standard option that can help improve engine performance as well as improve its fuel economy. Quattro can also help improve handling capability in all weather conditions and offer a much better grip. Furthermore, the engine can be paired to either a seven-speed automatic or an eight-speed dual-clutch gearbox.
Thanks to the MLB Evo platform as well, Audi will eventually offer an electric turbocharged and 48-volt electrical system for the first time in the 2018 A6 mid-size sedan. Electric turbo technology is claimed to improve engine performance and can improve fuel economy, and may be applied also to the 2.0-liter diesel unit. Audi also put new autonomous technology and piloted driving tech on its 48-volt electronic system.
2018 Audi A6 Price and Release Date
Not a word about the release date, but the 2018 Audi A6 will likely be officially revealed in North America this fall with a starting price of around $48,000. Considering that the current model goes on sale at the U.S. dealerships with a base price of $47,600 for the Premium trim, $51,600 for the A6 2.0/3.0L TFSI Premium Plus, $61,600 for the 3.0 TFSI Prestige and $67,600 for the top trim level “3.0 TFSI® Competition”. Look for the official pricing details when the new model has arrived in North American dealerships. In addition to mid-size sedan variants, the new Audi A6 will still be offered in the U.S. as an Allroad or Avant variant.
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