2017 Audi A6 Adopts New Q7 Platform and Style


The new 2017 model year A6 is not actually something special – it is a deep facelift of the current generation, which limited to slightly new appearance and technical improvements. So, don’t expect futuristic styling of Prologue concept – it’s good old Audi, at least for now.

However, it’s not a drawback – with a extra wide power range and trim level options, the new A6 might be almost everything – from boring family car to ultimate highway cruiser or even a sportscar.

New Audi A6 release date

The new A6 has debuted at Geneva and starting to sell later this year. The US market version is likely to be limited by sedan-only layout. The prices starting from around $50,000 for the standard trim, however highly equipped. Just like station wagons, most of diesel versions won’t be available for North America as well.

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Design Changes of redesign Audi A6 2017

For 2017 model year, Audi A6 has received only a minor styling improvements, limited to standard sporty S-line trimming in both interior and exterior, and different alloy rims design. The front end features narrow front lights, huge hexagonal grille, front spoiler (that’s the feature of S-line), and pretty aggressive look after all. The rear end features LED elements in taillights, integrated trunklid spoiler, flat-looking exhaust pipes. Everything in A6 speaks sport.

A6 has made on the same platform. We expect that all-new generation will be released in 2018-2019 with platform switching to more efficient and cost effective MLB or MQB platforms, which are modular and already used in a variety of Audi and Volkswagen models, including large Q7 SUV, for instance. As for design features, the car would be similar to Prologue concept car.

We could predict that German sedan should be efficient, and it is – thanks to turbocharged engines, it really is. Means 22 MPG in city, 31 MPG in highway and 25 MPG combined. Some fresh cars, like recently debuted S90 from Volvo are more efficient, but A6 is superior to E300, for instance. More powerful car with V6 engine is also one of the most fuel efficient in class.

New Audi 2017-2018 models

Model prices new Audi A6

The car pricing varies from mid-range $50,000 – $55,000 to more expensive models which costs around $60,000 or more. In this aspect, the new A6 is compete with BMW 5-series, E-class from BMW and Jaguar XE. They are more modern, but frequently cost more.
The current pricing for A6 models are following:

  • 2.0 Premium $49,000;
  • 2.0 Premium Plus $52,000;
  • 3.0 Premium $57,000;
  • 3.0 Premium Plus $58,700;
  • 3.0 Prestige $62,000.

The car could be equipped with a bunch of modern safety features, like adaptive cruise control or automated braking. It is even have a night vision feature. However, it costs quite a lot – add $2500-$5000 to ease your driving.

2017 Audi A6 concept platform

MLB Evo platform will form the new Audi A6, which is among the first models tested on second generation Q7 crossover. Along with platform from Q7 model will get a number of power plants, for example, the 272-HP diesel displacement of 3.0 liters and gasoline engine producing 333 HP. Audi A6 can receive and hybrid powerplant, despite the fact that the current hybrid version model isn’t popular among consumers. The next A6 based on Audi Prologue — not just an ordinary sedan. It is equipped with 455-hp hybrid engine built on a 3.0-L turbo-diesel and electric motor connected to the 8-band Tiptronic and Quattro AWD.

The US version of the car is coming with two engine options, both are turbocharged. The first one is 2-liter 4-cylinder engine, produce massive 252 horsepower, mated with 7-speed DSG and front wheel drive (as a standard). Quattro with 8-speed automatic is an option. The second option is above-mentioned V6 engine comes from Q7, produce 333 HP. It comes with supercharger, comes with AWD layout and 8-speed automatic only. Both engines are enough for city cruising and highway driving, but V6 gives the A6 almost sports car performance – 5.2 seconds from 0 to 60.

2017 model year A6 also get a special Competition package model, which features retuned suspension, larger rims, extra 7 horsepower to the V6 engine. It also has red braking calipers and D-shaped sporty steering wheel in the interior.

Interior Features 2017 Audi A6

The interior of current A6 has not been udpated for quite a long time, since 2012 when this generation of premium car appear on sale. Desipite this, it still feels and looks modern. It’s not as hi-tech as the latest Audi cars, with virtual cockpit and other cool features, but still neat and classy. There are high-quality materials, aluminum trimming, and unique design. A6 is well-equipped, but lacks of free space for front passengers, ifcompareompre it with latest BMW 5-series or even with Korean Genesis G80. Thankfully, the second-row legroom is okay.

A6 interior in general repeats its predecessors, but varies in colors: Lifestyle Blue in the upper front panel and Sard Brown. Materials – Alcantara and Unicum leather, ash veneer. The whole front panel is kept for information demonstration – combining 3 displays. For driver — mounted display on OLEDs for the audio control, seats sprawling, climate control and text entry. Same is available for back travelers — they are able to customize the temperature in their part of the interior. Car identifies the cell phones, instantly setting up all systems for connection.

The infotainment system is a hi-tech pinnacle, with convenient smartphone mirroring. Moreover, Audi’s MMI system is easy to use, simple, has navigation and even Internet connectivity. The multimedia screen pop-up after switching the ingintion, and hide after the end of a trip – that’s what many other car lack (Mercedes-Benz, for example). The car has two USB ports and two 12V power outlets.

The cargo volume of the car is average for premium mid-size sedan – just 14 cubic inch, but the space itself is more convenient, thanks to thought-out trunk design, so you could place more luggage into A6 than in new 5-series BMW, taking into account that Bavarian car has more luggage volume, if we speak numbers.

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Redesign Audi A6 – pictures

2017 Audi A6 video review

2017 Audi A6 3.0T
Engine type DOHC 24V V6, direct fuel injection, supercharger
Displacement 3,0L
Power/torque 333 hp; 325 lb-ft
Transmission 8-speed automatic
Wheelbase 114.7 in
Length 193.9 in
Height 57.8 in
Passenger volume 112.1 cu.ft
Cargo volume 14.1 cu.ft
0-60 4.6 sec
Top speed 128 mph
PRICE RANGE: $47,500-$67,500 (est)
Competitors: BMW 5-series, Lexus GS, Mercedes-Benz E-class

Editor's rating
4.8 overall
  • Safety4.8
  • Performance4.8
  • Design4.8
  • Features4.9
  • Fuel economy4.6

Upcoming Audi A6 2017 undoubtedly will be one of the most perfect and outstanding European cars. New engines, new platform and new sharp styling.

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