But Carparazzi ensures we don't need to wait until 2011 to see what the 2012-model A6 will look like. It's easy to see that the next model is more angular and aggressive than the current A6, which has always struggled to make a major impact against the 5-Series BMW and Benz's E Class.
A6 mules have been testing for around a year but the real cars are out now, with heavy camouflage during the day and boring black bodywork for after-dark work. The frontal treatment is obviously new, with angular headlights cutting across the nose and a deeper front spoiler.
New doorhandles and side mirrors are also obvious in the pictures of the prototypes. But the biggest change to the twenty-twelve A6 is under the bodywork, where the `top hat' is fitted above an all-new Audi chassis package.
Carparazzi says the current car is built up from the C-chassis used by the Volkswagen Group but the new car will used Audi's own MLB modular aluminium chassis. The petrol engine range should include the supercharged 3.0-litre V6 and a new 4.0-litre V8 Audi is currently working on with turbodiesel choice as well.
Two new transmissions will be fitted to the next A6 an eight-speed automatic and a seven-speed dual-clutch manumatic. Production should begin in the first half of 2011 at Audi's factory at Neckarsulm in Germany, with a public preview likely at the Geneva Motor Show in March.