Around 19 months after its official unveiling at the 2018 Geneva motor show, Audi’s new-generation A6 large sedan will finally land in Australian showrooms from August with the $116,000 before on-road costs 55 TFIS quattro S line.
However, Audi Australia is promising the base $95,500 45 TFSI quattro and mid-tier $105,200 45 TFSI quattro S line will be made available before 2020 to round out the three-flavour A6 range.
Headlining the new-generational shift, all versions of the A6 now feature Audi’s ‘Mild-Hybrid Electric Vehicle’ (MHEV) technology, which pairs a 48- and 12-volt electric motor with the 55 and 45 TFSI petrol engines respectively.
Power in the top-spec (for now) A6 comes courtesy of a 3.0-litre petrol V6 producing 250kW/500Nm, while the 45 TFSI will output 180kW/370Nm.
Both engines are paired exclusively to a seven-speed ‘S tronic’ automatic transmission that sends drive to all four wheels for “extraordinary grip and handling to match its performance”, according to Audi.
Standard equipment in the A6 includes 19-inch wheels, Matrix LED headlights, heated front seats, Audi’s all-digital virtual cockpit instrumentation, wireless smartphone charger and dual-screen MMI multimedia touchscreens that measure 10.1 and 8.6 inches.
Audi’s suite of advanced driver assistance systems such as adaptive cruise control, surround-view monitor, front and rear parking sensors, active lane assist, autonomous emergency braking, and exit warning will also be fitted to all A6 grades.
Stepping up to the 45 TFSI quattro S line and 55 TFSI quattro S line adds a subtle bodykit, 20-inch wheels, adaptive suspension, front sports seats, a head-up display and light-up door sills.
Customers opting for the S line grades can also option a $9800 ‘Premium plus package’ that adds high-definition Matrix LED headlights, S line interior highlights, a panoramic glass sunroof, premium Bang & Olufsen sound system, electric steering column adjustment and power-operated bootlid.
Audi Australia is expected to bolster its A6 line-up with the arrival of the hotter 331kW/600Nm 2.9-litre twin-turbo V6 S6 and jacked-up A6 Allroad down the line, although a successor to the BMW M5 and Mercedes-AMG E63-rivalling RS6 has yet to surface.
2019 Audi A6 pricing (before on-road costs):
|45 TFSI quattro – automatic||$95,500|
|45 TFIS quattro S line – automatic||$105,200|
|55 TFSI quattro S line – automatic||$116,000|
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