New Audi A6 launches in Ireland

The new A6 has just launched here, starting from €51,650 on-the-road with two equipment lines, SE and S Line.

Audi says new standard equipment includes LED headlamps, lane assist, pre sense front, Audi Connect, leather interior and smart phone interface.

It adds that it has integrated many of the refinements and innovations that have been so widely acclaimed in its latest A8 flagship. The A6 gets an upgraded look, with other improvements, such as its mild hybrid drivetrains and more comfortable suspension with added cabin comfort.

The new A6 will be available in both petrol and diesel units. The 2.0-litre, 204PS 40 TDI is now available to order, and Audi claims it offers a level of pace and polish that befit each executive model range. Initially with front-wheel-drive, a four-wheel-drive version of each model follows later in 2018, which, it says, will employ ultra-efficient quattro on demand technology, capable of channelling drive to the rear wheels in a split-second.

Audi claims the engine’s torque-rich response and refinement, coupled with the acclaimed noise suppression capabilities of the A6 return up to 4.5 l/100km with a CO2 output of as little as 117g/km (in the case of the A6 saloon on 18-inch wheels ). A 2.0 TFSI variant will follow later in 2018. Also available to order now are two 3.0TDI V6 engines.

All engines in the new A6 feature new mild-hybrid technology. Here, a belt alternator starter (BAS ) works together with a lithium-ion battery, enabling the A6 to coast at speeds of between 54km/h and 159km/h in the interest of fuel economy and to initiate its start-stop function earlier – at speeds of 30km/h and below. The engine is restarted from standstill predictively as soon as the vehicle in front of the Audi A6 starts moving. During deceleration, the BAS recovers up to 12kW of energy. In real-world driving, Audi says that the MHEV technology reduces fuel consumption by up to 0.7 litres per 100 kilometres.

As a result of its advanced aerodynamics, the exterior design delivers a drag coefficient of as little as 0.24, and Audi claims it remains quiet, even at high speed.

The German carmaker also says the interior of the new Audi A6 is larger than in the outgoing model. Legroom in the rear exceeds not only its predecessor, but also its core competitors, while headroom and shoulder room measurements in both front and rear are also more generous than previously.

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