What is it? Audi's midsized luxury sedan is redesigned for the 2012 model year, and will include the first hybrid model for the brand.
The new A6 will offer five engines worldwide, but for the US it appears that we will get at least two of them. The 3.0-liter supercharged V6 is basically a carryover from the current A6. It drives all four wheels through a seven-speed S-tronic dual-clutch transmission. The other engine powers the A6 hybrid. It is a combination of the 2.0-liter, four-cylinder direct-injection engine, which produces 211 hp, and a 33 kW electric motor that produces 45 hp. The motor sits behind the engine and in front of the eight-speed automatic transmission, which directs power to the front wheels. Audi claims the efficiency of a four-cylinder with the power of a six-cylinder, with 0 to 62 mph taking 7.3 seconds, a top speed of nearly 148 mph, and average fuel economy of almost 38 mpg.
Safety gear on the new A6 includes the pre sense safety system, which works to minimize accidents by warning the driver and applying the brakes to quickly slow the car if a crash is imminent. The system works with the adaptive cruise control system. Another system is a new parking assist, which will parallel park the A6 if it determines a space is suitable for the sedan.
What is new or notable? Audi says the hybrid version can go up to 62 mph on electric power, and at 37 mph it has a range of nearly 2 miles.
When will it be available? Early 2011.