Audi first introduced the A6 nameplate in 1994 as a replacement for the outgoing Audi 100. Since then, the German automaker has ushered in a total of four generations for the model, with the current-gen dropping in 2011. Of course, seven years is a long time for just about any vehicle generation, and as such, it looks as though a fifth-generation A6 will soon break cover. The rumors spring from several spy shots which seem to show test mules for the updated A6 out an about on public roads, and by all accounts, Audi will soon drop the camo and spill the beans on what the 2019 model year has to offer customers. We’re still waiting for the full spec to materialize, but in the meantime, we did a little speculation. Based on the spy shots we received, the latest rumors, and the logical next step for the A6, we’re expecting the 2019 model year to get sleek new styling updates, LED lighting, an interior laden with the latest digital technology, and even a powertrain selection that includes the option for a mild hybrid set-up.
Framed as an upscale mid-size platform, the A6 enjoys numerous body styles and configurations, so this generational shift will undoubtedly trickle down to several corners of Audi’s product portfolio. We’ll update all the info here when we get it during the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show, but until then, read on for our speculative review.
Continue reading to learn more about the 2019 Audi A6.
Audi A6 Exterior
- Larger Singleframe grille
- LED lighting
- Slimmer headlight housings
- New hood
- Relocated mirrors
- Up to 20-inch wheels
- Possible LED strip in rear
- Wagon and sedan body styles
While we have yet to receive any official pictures or specs on the upcoming 2019 Audi A6, we do know a few of the basics. For example, the four-door will once again offer up a wide, low stance for customers, continuing the tradition of adding a hint of refined sportiness to the classy exterior styling. Furthermore, below that black and white camo, but we see a few stylistic updates that are sure to appear when the facade is dropped in Geneva.
Let’s start in front, where we find the characteristic Audi Singleframe grille. This time around, the expansive intake is even bigger than that of the outgoing model, and it’s wider as well – indeed, it looks like there’s no turning back the clock when it comes to this staple of the Audi aesthetic. On either side of the grille, we find reshaped headlight housings, and although the camo tries to hide the details, they appear to be thinner this time around. Expect LED lighting elements to be the choice du jour when it comes to illumination. What’s more, the hood looks as though it gets a reshape as well, now sporting new lines that add even more visual beefiness to the front end.
Moving the the sides of the car, we find the side mirrors are now relocated, moving downwards along the body and towards the tail end of it. In the corners, we expect a wide range of wheel designs, all of which should be available in a variety sizes up to a maximum 20 inches in diameter.
Moving around the the rear of the machine, we find taillights that remind us of the housings used in the new Audi A7 Sportback, with a thin horizontal line offset by numerous blocks underneath. We also wouldn’t be surprised to find the 2019 Audi A6 get an LED light strip added between the taillights, much like the current Audi A8. Finally, we’re thinking those lower trapezoidal dual exhaust tips are just for show, with the real exhaust bits terminating underneath the body.
It should be noted that the A6 will be offered in both a four-door sedan body style and a five-door wagon body style, with the latter of the two dubbed the “Avant.” Here in the states, the wagon will get a taller suspension, tough lower body cladding, and a name tag that reads “Allroad.” The rest of the line will utilize copious polished metal trim and surrounds front to back.
Audi A6 Interior
- Inspired by the A7
- New steering wheel
- Dual touchscreens
- Optional Virtual Cockpit
- Latest technology
Note: Audi A7 pictured here.
While we don’t have any shots of the 2019 Audi A6’s interior space, we do think it’ll draw heavily from the latest A7 model. That means it’ll be spacious, both for front-seated passengers and those in the rear, with loads of horizontal design elements and premium materials at every turn.
In front of the driver, we expect a slightly tweaked steering wheel design, with three spokes and a variety of multi-function buttons to operate the plethora of onboard technology systems. Options should include high-grade leather upholstery, as well as MMI navigation for the electronic bits.
Speaking of technology, the Audi A6 should get the very latest that the German automaker has to offer, including digital instrumentation. That means an optional Virtual Cockpit, which will replace the analogue gauges behind the wheel with a 12.3-inch digital screen that can be configured to show a number of different data and readouts depending on your chosen focus. In the dash, we also expect the see the Audi A7’s dual-touchscreen infotainment readout, which will include a 10.1-inch screen higher up for the
infotainment stuff (song selection, travel info, and the like). Below the 10-inch screen will be a complementary 8.6-inch screen for the HVAC functions (climate control, etc.) and text input. Finally, a heads-up display will project further driver info onto the dash (navigation directions, etc.). Also look for a variety of sound system options, ranging from basic, to audiophile-approved quality.
Rounding it out will be Audi’s updated suite of safety and convenience features, which we expect to include standouts such as a Parking Pilot, Remote Garage Pilot, automatic high beams, active lane assist, and several others.
Audi A6 Drivetrain
- 2.0-liter turbo w 252 horsepower
- 3.0-liter turbo w 340 horses
- FWD or AWD
- Diesel Engine offered overseas
- Seven-speed and eight-speed gearboxes
- Possible hybrid system
- MLB Evo platform
- More aluminum less weight
Note: previous model A6 pictured here.
We’re not expecting a whole lot of updates to the existing A6 powertrain lineup – maybe a few extra ponies here, a few extra mpg there. The base model should come equipped with the usual 2.0-liter turbo TFSI four-cylinder, which in its current form produces 252 horsepower at 5,000 rpm and 273 pound-feet of torque at 1,600 rpm. Mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox and FWD system, the 0-to-60 mph run is completed in about 6.7 seconds, while top speed is electronically limited at 130 mph. Combined fuel returns come to around 28 mpg.
If you need more muscle, you can also opt into a 3.0-liter turbo TFSI six-cylinder, which in its current form makes 340 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 325 pound-feet of torque at 2,950 rpm. With an eight-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission swapping cogs and the quattro AWD system making more grip, this setup yields a run to 60 mph in 5.1 seconds. Top speed continues to be limited at 130 mph, while fuel returns drop to 23 mpg combined.
Note: Audi A7 drivetrain pictured here.
Elsewhere (that is, in Europe), the Audi A6 is offered with a 3.0-liter diesel powerplant as well.
All pretty basic stuff. However, the big news is the possible addition of the A7’s turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 and 48-volt mild-hybrid system. All told, this set-up provides upwards of 340 horsepower and a whopping 369 pound-feet of torque, an increase of 44 pound-feet. The newfound low-end twist will surely make the A6 feel a whole lot quicker, all without hurting the ’six’s already ho-hum fuel return figures. In fact, we’d expect an uptick to the mpg with the mild hybrid system under the hood.
Speaking of upticks, don’t forget that the new sedan will provide the basis for a variety of pumped-up go-faster iterations down the line, including standouts like the S6 and RS6.
Under the skin, the 2019 Audi A6 is expected to utilize Volkswagen’s MLB Evo platform, and, per tradition, it should also lose a few pounds thanks to additional aluminum in its construction.
Audi A6 Prices
We have yet to get final confirmation on official prices for the new 2019 Audi A6, but it shouldn’t deviate much from the current generation. The base model will slot in at the $50,000 mark, while the V-6 and AWD and hybrid will pad the bottom line by up to $10,000 more on top of that.
Audi A6 CompetitionBMW 5 Series
First up in our list of competitors is the latest BMW 5 Series, which just got a renewed seventh generation for the 2017 model year. Highlights include a lower curb weight thanks to the inclusion of Bimmer’s carbon fiber-reinforced plastic technology, which certainly helps elevate the sedan’s claims to sporting fun. The weight loss also helps the car be more efficient, with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder and 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder on the list of powertrain options. There’s even a hybrid, if that’s your kinda thing. Both RWD and AWD are offered, with an eight-speed automatic gearbox on call for the transmission duties. The interior is also quite nice, and comes equipped with the latest technology features, including gesture control and a 10.25-inch infotainment screen on the dash. Pricing starts at $52,650 for the base model 530i.
Read our full review on the 2017 BMW 5 Series.
As goes BMW and Audi, so goes Mercedes. The Merc option in this mid-size premium four-door shootout is called the E-Class, which also just saw a generational changeover for the 2017 model year. We think it looks good in that classic Mercedes kind of way, while the interior is a rather nice place to be thanks to a gorgeous-looking layout and a host of S-Class-inspired features. Behind the flat-bottom steering wheel is a 12.3-inch digital screen, while a choice of 64 different colors can be had for the LED ambient lighting. Upwards of 241 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque is created by the base model’s turbocharged 2.0-liter ’four, which hits the rear wheels through a nine-speed automatic transmission. An AWD iteration is also offered.
Read our full review on the 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class.
The Audi A6 has always been a very solid choice in the segment. While not quite as sporty as the Bimmer or as elegant as the Mercedes, the A6 frames itself as the smartest choice of the three, a factor it should double underline if it does indeed receive the mild hybrid system from the A7. We’re digging the interior of the new A7, so that should be another welcomed upgrade, while the exterior aesthetic is right in line with what we’d expect from the brand.
Look for complete details when Audi drops the 2019 A6 sedan at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show next month.
- * Exterior looks quite good
- * Latest technology and a fresh interior to boot
- * Mild hybrid powertrain is the perfect upgrade
- * Not as sporty as the 5 Series
- * Not as elegant as the E-Class
- * Likely to receive a small price increase
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Source: FS – Cars 1