Familiar look with techno-boost

2011-07-01 08:38

With the rapid increase in ­technology, it’s tough for motor manufacturers to leap ahead with ground-breaking innovations and developments, especially when the Germans are leading the pack.

The premium C-segment market is constantly improving design, form and function as well as ­offering an overall better value for money.

Enter the new Audi A6. The model started its life as the Audi 100 many years ago and slowly evolved into the Audi 500 and then the A6.

The car enters its seventh generation and features a design focused on weight reduction – ­increasing fuel economy and ­driving dynamics.

A number of aluminium components and hi-tech steels make the new A6 30kg lighter than before.

The long bonnet, low-sweeping roofline and the prominent lines on the sides create a sophisticated and masculine stance.

The new headlights are technical works of art: a curved wing gives structure to its interior housing the standard halogen headlights.

As with most Audi models, the A6 strongly resembles other cars in the stable, like the
recently launched A7 and the flagship A8 model.

The dashboard is identical to the A7’s; it is not a bad thing as it’s one of the neatest and most ergonomic dashboards on offer. In the centre of the dashboard, there is an LCD screen which rises up and displays all the multimedia infotainment (MMI) functions.

Some of the functions include satellite navigation, phone connectivity, audio functions and ­different driver-aid options.

All the buttons to operate the MMI are ­located around the gear lever.
The instrument panel has large, clear dial instruments while the centre displays are ­situated beneath an arched cowl.

Audi also offers a heads-up ­virtual display which shows vital information on the windshield in the form of symbols and digits.

The A6 boasts redesigned seats featuring innovative foam to provide varying degrees of softness or firmness.

Leg-room is plentiful and the boot space is endless with a 530-litre luggage capacity.

The range includes three powerplants: one petrol engine and two TDI units.

All of the units are direct injection engines. The 3.0 TFSI uses a supercharger to achieve boost and the TDI units operate with turbochargers.

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