2019 Audi A6 Allroad
A prototype version of the new Audi A6 Allroad has been spotted on a test run, suggesting that we could be close to seeing the new model make its debut. While it does look like an old test mule for the Audi A6 Avant, there’s no question that this is the A6 Allroad given how much higher it rides compared to the Avant and the base A6 sedan.
It just recently debuted but nobody can seem to get enough of it. Maybe it’s that four-door coupe look, or maybe it’s the fact that it has five doors. Maybe it’s that it sits lower and is wider than the RS5 Coupe. It could be that 2.9-liter with 444 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque. Even if you plan on getting one, you’ve still got a while to wait, so why not plaster it all over your desktop with one of our high-resolution wallpapers?
By the Numbers: 2018 Audi A6 vs 2019 Audi A6
While it’s difficult not to get excited by new-generation cars, I’m far from enthusiastic when Audi launches something new. I understand the philosophy behind the "same sausage, different length," but this design approach doesn’t do it for me. What’s more, I think that Audi’s current styling language is bland and boring. But that’s not to say that the new generations do not bring significant improvements. The new A6, for instance, while still highly recognizable, it stands out inside and out thanks to numerous upgrades. It also boasts different figures when it comes to specs, dimensions, and performance. And we are going to discuss these changes in the comparison below.
Not surprisingly, the latest A6 is a tad bigger than its predecessor. It also offers a bit more room inside the cabin. The changes are far from impressive and barely hit an inch inside and out, but it proves that Audi is slowly but surely making its vehicles bigger. The new engines are also a bit more powerful, this time around by a more significant margin. Let’s find out more about that below.
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Visual Comparison: 2018 Audi A6 vs 2019 Audi A6
The mid-2000s brought a new generation of Audi vehicles that took the company to new heights. Although the entire lineup shared the same design language that wasn’t exactly exciting, the simple and elegant looks, the solid tech packages, and the good performance brought more and more people into Audi dealerships. The Germans began revamping the lineup in 2015 with the Q7 SUV and, by late 2017, we saw a host of updated models on the road, including the A4, R8, and A8. Come 2018 and Audi has launched the new A6, Ingolstadt’s main weapon against the brand-new BMW 5 Series and recently launched (and innovative) Mercedes-Benz E-Class. As expected, design changes are far from radical, which is why we’re taking a closer look at both generations in the comparison below.
The A6 remains familiar with the lineup, but it’s also very similar to its predecessor. The sharper lines don’t alter the exterior beyond recognition, but it gives the sedan a modern twist. The revised four-door comes in a bit more aggressive too thanks to larger vents in the bumpers and a bigger front grille. The interior is indeed quite different, as Audi ditched every single element that made the A6 look modern in 2010, but long in the tooth in 2018. Let’s take a closer look at the changes.
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Updated: Audi Spills the Beans on the New A6, Just Hours After Images Leak
Audi is preparing to debut the new A6 at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show but, as is often the case with models as high-profile as the A6, leaked photos tend to ruin the surprise. Fortunately, there aren’t that many surprises to hold on to because the leaked photos of the new Audi A6 reveal, well, the new Audi A6. We’re saying “new,” by the way, strictly on a technical basis because, judging by the photos, there’s nothing overly exciting about what we see here.
Updated 02/28/2018 @ 04:00 - Audi dropped full details of the new A6 prior to its Geneva Debut. Check out the quick details below.
2019 Volvo V60 Vs. 2018 Audi A4 Allroad – A Visual Comparison
It doesn’t get much more “Volvo” than that old standby body style we all know and love. I’m of course talking about the station wagon, a favorite for both families and modern automotive journalists. The Swedish brand is certainly well-versed in this space, as is evident by the release of its latest wagon, the new mid-size V60. Officially breaking cover at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, stateside buyers will be happy to know that this gorgeous piece of extended roof goodness is indeed arriving on these shores to meet all your grocery-getting needs. But how does it compare against the competition? To find out,we lined it up against another luxury wagon, namely the Audi A4 Allroad, and gave ’em both a thorough visual shakedown, diving into the aesthetics, the equipment, and what’s going on under the hood.
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Ditch The SUV And Try One Of These Wagons Instead
In case you haven’t noticed, American consumers are still enamored with the idea of driving around in a tall-bodied, relatively off-road capable SUV with loads of space to haul around many people and lots of things. Sales of such vehicles continue to rise, and automakers are responding by churning out new models by the truckload. But is there a better means to achieve similar ends? What if, for example, you want something with the capability, cargo space, and attitude of an SUV, but the maneuverability, ease of use, and comfort of a regular passenger car? Luckily, such a combo does exist, and we’ve got five of the best examples on the market lined up right here in this in-depth comparison article.
The five vehicles in question are (in alphabetical order) the Audi A4 Allroad, the Mini Clubman All4, the Subaru Outback, the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack, and the Volvo V60 Cross Country. That’s right folks – wagons, representing a diverse price range and wide array of tastes. Once the torchbearer of utility and practicality, the wagon body style has declined in popularity with the rise of the SUV. But just because something is trendy doesn’t mean it’s good, right? Read on to find out what makes these five vehicles fantastic alternatives to the SUV status quo. You rebel, you.
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The Audi A4 has been one of those “love it” or “hate it” models for some time, thanks to its conservative body style and rather mundane updates over the years. For 2016, Audi brought the fifth-generation A4 into showrooms, and as expected, it’s more of a facelift than the evolution we hoped for. Highlights of the new-gen model include a more defined grille with sharper points, larger and more aggressive corner air intakes, new layout for the headlight and taillight lenses, and is slightly larger over its predecessor. Inside, the car took on more gracious changes that include a cleaner dash and center stack, standard LED lighting, lightweight seats, a new MMI infotainment system with 4G LTE connectivity, and Audi’s virtual cockpit sitting behind the steering wheel. In the drivetrain department, the A4 got a range of updated engines that range in output from 148 to 268 horsepower.
While Audi went with its traditional ways and did little to the exterior, it did come correct for a new-gen model on the inside. Plus, the car has a rather large range of engines, depending on the market, that will suit just about anyone’s need. Plus, since the A4 is a bit larger than before, which translates into more passenger room and cargo space. Of course, for those who fall into the “love it” category the minor changes outside will be clearly overshadowed by the long list of improvements inside. With that said, check out the full review below to learn about everything Audi brought to the A4 for the 2016 model year.
Updated 01/07/2016: Audi announced that the all-new A4 will be making its North American debut at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show and will be put on sale in the spring of 2016 at a starting price of $37,300.
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There are a lot of cool cars we can’t have in the United States, including a host of incredibly fast yet still practical wagons. The Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG Shooting Brake is the first that pops into mind, but the RS6 Avant is the vehicle that adds even more insult to injury. While Europe gets no less than four Audi-badged wagons, U.S. customers have just the one in the form of the A6 Allroad. And while most of us can live without the A4 Avant and the A3 Sportback, not having the RS6 Avant on this side of the pond is pure blasphemy. While I could rant about this for hours, I’m going to take a break to tell you about the latest Exclusive package Audi rolled out for the RS6 Avant.
The bundle comes just in time for the wagon’s recently launched facelift and adds further aggressiveness to the already beefed-up grocery getter. Nothing massive, but just enough to turn the RS6 Avant from enticing to downright sinister.
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Audi first introduced the A3 nameplate, which initially included three-door and five-door hatchbacks, back in 1996. The first performance version arrived three years later as the S3, but it took Audi no less than 15 years to launch the brawnier RS3 Sportback model. The hot wagon-like hatch featured a 2.5-liter, five-cylinder engine with 335 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque, making it one of the most powerful vehicles in Audi’s lineup. The RS3 needed only 4.5 seconds to charge from 0 to 60 mph and its race-bred suspension made it suitable for track hooning. The first-gen RS3 was retired in 2012, after only two years in showrooms. After two years of waiting and several videos with a new iteration of the car doing hot laps on the Nurburgring throughout 2014, Audi has finally unveiled the 2015 RS3 Sportback,
The compact comes with a redesigned, more aggressive exterior, more power, more torque, and a host of brand-new features. Thanks to its updated engine, the RS3 is now the most powerful compact in the premium segment. Check out the full details below.
Updated 12/12/2014: Audi unveiled the first details on the new RS3 Sportback, which is scheduled to go on sale in Europe in March, 2015. Click past the jump for the full details.
Diesels seem to be breaking their oil-burning, noisy, smokey stigmas that have haunted them for decades as more and more automakers are now offering clean diesels in their lineups. The latest huge influx of diesel models hails from Audi.
The German automaker, which is owned by Volkswagen Group, has announced a huge diesel push with 11 new TDI “Ultra” models, including the new A6 TDI Ultra detailed here. For starters, the "Ultra" in the TDI Ultra name is Audi’s designation for sustainable mobility that is fully available for everyday use — a long explanation for a TDI A6 that gets darn good fuel mileage while not hindering its common usability.
The heart of the matter is a 2.0-liter, four cylinder diesel that produces 190 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque that pushes the A6 from 0 to 60 mph in 8.2 seconds while achieving 53 mpg highway. With stats like that, we don’t mind hugging trees and filing up next to big rigs. Keeping all those trees happy, however, is Audi’s high efficiency SCR system that removes nitrogen oxides from the exhaust. The new system also lets the A6 pass the stringent Euro 6 emission standards with ease.
Backing the 2.0-liter TDI are two optional transmissions: a six-speed manual transmission is standard, followed by the optional seven-speed dual-clutch S tronic automatic. However, opting for the slap-paddle gearbox shoots the A6’s price up €2,250 — roughly $3,000 at the current exchange rates — making rowing your own gears sound evermore attractive.
Furthering the A6’s efficiency is the standard start-stop system and driver information center that helps keep track of good driving behavior.
Pricing for the A6 Avant TDI Ultra starts at €42,250 (about$57,000 at today’s exchange rates) and the A6 sedan TDI Ultra starts a little lower at €39,900 (around $54,000). Sales will begin sometime in the first quarter of 2014 and there are no plans yet to release any Ultra models in the U.S.
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The Audi A6 is wedged in the middle of Audi’s A lineup and often gets neglected. Typically, its sportier smaller siblings or more powerful larger brethren garner all of Audi’s attention. Seemingly every year, the other A cars are getting upgrades and new additions, but not the poor little A6. Well, it looks like Audi is about to give the A6 a little love this coming model year.
Audi is planning to add in some upgrades to the base level A6 2.0T to make it a little more desirable, according to a report. The first of the additions is an all new transmission. Last year, the base level A6 2.0T only had a CVT available, and for those of us that enjoy driving, a CVT just does not cut it. This year, Audi is adding an eight-speed automatic transmission to the A6’s line of available options.
Even better than getting a new transmission, the second addition is going to be the availability of Audi’s Quattro system on the 2013 A6 2.0T. Last year, the only model that had the Quattro system available was the A6 3.0. So, now you can get you AWD and not have to deal with the 19 mpg that the supercharged 3.0-liter engine leaves you with.
From here, it looks as if Audi is continuing on its path of wise decisions, despite the exit of the executive that receives most of the credit for the brand’s recent growth. It’s nice to see someone take over the wheel of successful company and not try to reinvent it. With the recent success of Audi, the best option is to just continue down the same path.
With CAFÉ standards taking effect, seeing engines downsizing across the board are pretty much a daily occurrence, as automakers scramble to increase their average fuel economy. So, to see Audi scrapping the 4.2-liter V-8 option in the A8 was really no shock, but the actual numbers game just does not quite add up to us.
The replacement engine for the 4.2-liter is a 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 engine that pumps out 333 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque. The horsepower drop is substantial between the 4.2-liter and 3-liter engines at a 39-pony drop, but the torque of the blower-equipped V-6 is only 3 pound-feet lower than the 4.2-liter. That’s all well and good, as long as this change over was to help it satisfy the fuel economy needs of drivers, but that’s not the case, as the EPA rates the 3.0-liter engine at 17 mpg city and 28 mpg highway, which is 1 mpg lower than the V-8 in the city and the same mpg on the highway.
The only area that customers are saving is in the pricing arena, as Audi is sheering off $6,530 from the 2012 Audi A8 4.2’s price, placing the new 2013 Audi A8 3.0T’s price at $73,095. According to Audi, it will be releasing a new V-8 in the Fall, so we’ll see if this engine will pump out the same ponies as the 4.2-liter did.
We will keep a close eye on this one, as we are all for increased mpg and lower emissions, but not at the expense of horsepower. Horsepower robbing is exactly why we pretty much cleared our minds of any American cars built from 1973 through 1988. Let’s not let this new crunch turn into the great horsepower massacre II…
Audi is preparing to add a new RS model to its line-up as shown by these images of the future RS6 Avant. The sports-focused mid-sized vehicle was caught testing at the Nurburgring race track in Germany, donning some heavy camouflage. This just means that the mule that was testing previously has been tossed out and the production version is now making its testing rounds.
As previously reported, the Audi RS6 will be powered by the same 4.0 TFSI bi-turbo V8 as the S6, the S8, and even the new Bentley Continental GT V8. However, the final output is expected to be increased to the 500 HP area, so the RS6 should be a real monster.
The future Audi RS6 will also feature a wider track and more aggressive brakes, as well as a meaner overall look. The bad news is that Audi doesn’t plan on offering it as a sedan just yet, so station wagon haters will have to give in or wait that much longer.
Noted German tuner, Senner Tuning, has released their new program for the new Audi S5, adding a highly appreciated tuning program for Audi’s resident sports coupe.
In line with what Audi did to the face-lifted S5 Coupe - some styling tweaks and the addition of a new 3.0-liter supercharged V6 engine that produces 333 horsepower - Senner Tuning’s new package takes all those new elements and ratchets them up a notch.
The exterior program for the S5 Coupe includes plenty of new carbon fiber components, highlighted by carbon fiber side skirts, carbon fiber mirror caps, a rear carbon fender skirt insert, and a rear spoiler flap. Another unique feature of the program are the set of 20" red Work Varianza T1S wheels wrapped in 245/30R20 and 295/25R20 tires. Rounding out the exterior program is a complete coilover kit from KW (Variant 3) with adjustable rebound and compression settings.
Inside, Senner dressed the S5 Coupe with a classic black and red leather trim complete with carbon inserts. There’s also a carbon steering wheel, a Race Ring from an Audi R8 that sits in front of the driver, and a set of light-up RS5 door handles.
The real highlight of Senner Tuning’s program involves the engine upgrade, which includes the addition of a new sports air filter, a custom exhaust system, and an updated ECU unit. All that added, Senner was able to bump up the output from the S5’s 3.0-liter V6 TFSI engine from 333 ponies and 324 lb/ft of torque to 377 horsepower and 369 lb/ft of torque.
UPDATE 08/21/12: Senner Tuning has a new batch of photos for their program on the S5 Coupe. You can look them all up by clicking on the gallery below!
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