The German magazine AutoZeitung has just revealed a new rendering of the next-generation Audi A6 midsize sedan that is set to be unveiled sometime in 2010. The new A6 features a much more modern and sporty appearance, while it uses the same design cues as the latest A5 and A4 from the German automaker. The Audi A6 will compete head to head with the next generation BMW 5-Series, M from Infiniti and that new Mercedes Benz E-Class.
The 2010 A6 will be made from a multi-material space frame that combines different metals wherever they are most favorable as far as structural rigidity and impact protection. the added benefits are improved handling, increased fuel economy and lower emissions. The exterior of the future A6 will be inspired by the smaller and sportier all-new TT. The vehicle will be predominantly made up of aluminum, but there will be steel and foam reinforcements wherever necessary. In addition, Audi is developing an all-new lightweight front and rear sub-frames which allow for increased strengthening around the integral parts of the lightweight chassis that tie it together.
Audi will be offering all sorts of power plants to move the new A6, ranging from a 190 HP 2.8 Liter V6 FSI or a 224 HP version. The last gas burning V6 will also be an FSI and will displace 3.2 Liters making 265 HP. The only V8 in the lineup will be a 4.2 Liter motor making 350 HP. The top of the line nits will be powered by a 5.2 Liter V10 FSI making 420 HP in the Audi S6 and a 5.0 Liter Biturbo FSI V10 pumping out 580 HP for an RS7. There will also be two diesel burning V6 power plants in the range, consisting of a 2.7 Liter TDI making 185 HP and a 238 HP 3.0 Liter TDI.