Getting a jump on the 2011 Detroit Auto Show next month, Audi revealed the first official photos of the sixth-generation A6 luxury sedan. Actually the sister sedan to the recently-introduced A7, the A6 is expected to arrive in U.S. dealer showrooms in the second half of 2012.
Both cars (A6 and A7) share platforms, engines, electric architectures, elegant interiors, and front- and four-wheel drive combinations. The new A6 is shorter, wider and a bit lower than the previous-generation model. It also sits on a longer chassis.
Powering the A6 will be a choice of gasoline or diesel engines. Until the S6 arrives, the A6 performance powerplant will be the 300-horsepower 3.0-liter TFSI supercharged engine. Paired with a new seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox, the 3.0-liter TFSI achieves 0 to 60 mph time in 5.5 seconds, has a top speed of 155 mph, and still gets 26.7 mpg (U.S.).
Audi also says the A6 will be the second Audi to offer buyers a choice of a hybrid drive model, which will arrive at a later date. In addition, the automaker plans a new S6.
Families looking for a luxury sedan with all the bells and whistles Audi is known to offer have another excellent choice in the all-new A6. Of course, Family Car Guide will cover the newcomer more fully when it’s available here in the U.S.