It wasn’t long ago that Audi unveiled a facelift version for the A6. In fact, it was only in 2009, and Audi is already preparing its next generation. Set to be unveiled in 2011 in Europe and 2013 in USA, the new luxury sedan will be longer and lighter with new powertrains, including a hybrid.
The next A6 will be built on a 115-inch wheelbase - about three inches longer than the current model - and will share the same body steel with the A7. As for the engine line-up, Audi will start with a 201-HP 2.8-liter V-6 engine for the entry level and will go up to a supercharged 372-HP V8. A hybrid version will be announced in 2012 that will combine a 3.0-liter supercharged engine and an eight-speed autobox.
While steel will be used for most of the body parts, Audi has chosen to use aluminum for the door panels, as well as for some of the underskin parts such as the cast front strut towers. The suspension systems will be shared with models like the A7 and the A8, offering a better weight distribution. The list of standard options will include a touchpad-entry navigation system, live Google, lane-keeping assist, active cruise control with follow-to-stop, and autonomous emergency braking.