Audi has revealed details of the Avant estate version of its new A6. Like its saloon brother, it combines typical focus on high technology with a new emphasis on weight saving for improved efficiency and lower emissions.
Audi A6 Avant: lightweight materials
Using combined steel and aluminium construction, the new A6 Avant draws on Audi’s extensive experience of lightweight materials from the all-aluminium A8 and the TT, which also uses a combination of both materials.
Weighing 1,640kg, the 2.0 TDI version is fractionally heavier than the outgoing car, but packs a huge amount of additional kit and would be as much as 250kg heavier were it made totally from steel.
Want to know more about the new Audi A6? You can read our full review of the Audi A6 saloon here.
Handling and efficiency improvements
That Audi is putting so much emphasis on the A6 Avant’s weight is laudable, with handling as well as efficiency improved as a result.
The A6 Avant’s commendable 132g/km CO2 rating is fractionally better than those two rivals, while the £32,100 price tag is comparable.
As you progress up the range there’s a choice of two 3.0-litre V6 diesels, one front-drive with 204bhp and a Quattro four-wheel-drive version with 245bhp. A new twin-turbo V6 TDI diesel will follow, with a muscular 313bhp. The only petrol option is a supercharged 3.0-litre V6 Quattro with 300bhp. Front-drive A6 Avants use a six-speed manual gearbox with a CVT Multitronic automatic gearbox option, while the Quattros get an automated dual-clutch S tronic gearbox as standard.
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Audi A6 Avant: options include thermal imaging
If you’ve got the budget to indulge yourself on the options list, the standard safety equipment can be augmented with a huge variety of driver aids, be it thermal imaging, self parking or a head-up display. Opt for the online-ready top level navigation system – which uses Google mapping – and you can sync your home computer and phone with the car, allowing it to automatically download routes from your PC and support wireless connections for your passengers’ electronic devices.
Other convenience features include the ability to open the boot by simply waving your foot under the rear bumper – perfect if you’ve got your hands full of shopping.
Order books for the A6 Avant will open shortly and the first cars will be delivered in November.
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