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Audi lowers A6 cost-of-entry

The front-wheel-drive-only A6 40 TFSI will add a fourth string to the large luxury sedan’s bow.

With its new three-variant A6 range now in local showrooms, Audi Australia has confirmed an additional entry-level model, the 40 TFSI, will join the brand’s large size luxury sedan line-up in early 2020.

Launched here in August, the top-spec 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 A6 55 TFSI quattro S line ($116,000 before on-road costs), has now been joined by the 2.0-litre, four-cylinder turbo powered A6 45 TFSI ($95,500) and 45 TFSI S line ($105,200).

Audi Australia confirmed an additional entry-level 40 TFSI model will join the line-up for 2020. Audi Australia confirmed an additional entry-level 40 TFSI model will join the line-up for 2020.

Audi says the latter two were delayed by engineering work required to comply with Euro 6 emissions standards under Europe’s new WLTP (Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure) protocols.

And now, speaking at the local media launch of the new A6, Audi Australia product planning manager, Peter Strudwicke, has confirmed the front-wheel-drive-only A6 40 TFSI will add a fourth string to the large luxury sedan’s bow in early 2020, priced at $85,500.

Powered by a lower output version of the 45’s 2.0-litre, four-cylinder turbo-petrol engine, the A6 40 TFSI produces 140kW/320Nm, driving the front wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

Also arriving in the second quarter of 2020 is the A6 allroad quattro 45 TDI. Also arriving in the second quarter of 2020 is the A6 allroad quattro 45 TDI.

Also arriving in the second quarter of 2020 is the A6 allroad quattro 45 TDI. Priced at $109,500, the five-door wagon is powered by a 3.0-litre turbo-diesel V6 engine producing 183kW/600Nm, an increase of 23kW/100Nm over its predecessor.

Sending drive to all four wheels via an eight-speed auto transmission and the latest version of Audi’s ‘quattro’ all-wheel-drive system, the new allroad is claimed to accelerate from 0-100km/h in 6.5sec.

Final specification for the A6 40 TFSI and A6 allroad quattro 45 TDI will be confirmed closer to their arrival in the second quarter of 2020.