HERNDON, Va., August 21, 2018 – The all-new 2019 A6 delivers the latest in innovative technologies including benchmark infotainment and digital solutions, and a better driving experience through improved comfort and handling.
The A6 is more capable than before, with end-to-end digitalization. Featuring the brand’s all-new MMI touch response® system, the smartphone-like display and operating system enables fast access to functions and a high degree of personalization. With each profile, up to seven drivers can individually store approximately 400 preferred settings total. Beyond the MMI touch display, natural-language control turns the A6 into a more intelligent travel assistant. This allows for a range of vehicle functions, such as cabin climate control, to be performed using natural speech commands.
In addition to infotainment, the A6 offers an extensive suite of connectivity solutions for added convenience and personalization such as MMI navigation plus, which includes an intelligent route guidance function and car-to-X services such as traffic light information. With a full suite of standard and available driver assistance systems, including adaptive cruise assist with traffic jam and turn assist, and Audi side assist with rear cross traffic alert and vehicle exit warning, the A6 can help drivers navigate the road and traffic with increased confidence.
Standard equipped with an all-new 3.0-liter TFSI® turbocharged V6 engine mated to a seven-speed S-tronic transmission, which melds efficiency with dynamic shift characteristics, the A6 delivers 335 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. A standard 48-volt mild-hybrid system (MHEV) supports the TFSI engine.
The all-new 2019 A6 will launch with a 3.0T V6 engine and the four-cylinder derivative will launch at a later date. With even more standard equipment, technology and power, the A6 includes 44 lb-ft of peak torque more than the previous generation, a 48-volt mild hybrid system and standard features such as Audi smartphone interface, S-line exterior elements, Audi pre-sense city and the new MMI touch response infotainment system.
Inside, the MMI touch response® replaces the rotary dial and the conventional buttons and controls of the previous model with two large, high-resolution touch displays. The upper 10.1-inch display (8.8-inch on Premium models) controls the infotainment, allowing the user to arrange the location of central vehicle functions using a drag-and-drop technique, making it intuitive to use like a smartphone. Up to 32 shortcuts can be stored, allowing drivers to customize their preferences for functions such as radio stations, phone book contacts or favorite apps (with compatible devices).
The lower, 8.6-inch display is used for climate control, comfort and convenience functions and for natural handwriting input with whole-word recognition. Users can write a word left to right, or in one spot, and the MMI is designed to identify each letter. Alternatively, a full QWERTY keyboard can be used, like on a smartphone.
Also new for this year’s model, MMI search is based on free text input and natural voice control. Drivers can speak requests such as, “I’m cold,” to which the A6 will respond with, “What temperature would you like to set the cabin to?” The A6 processes questions and commands through onboard stored data and information from the cloud.
Additional technology features include:
The A6 sets a segment standard with connectivity services. MMI navigation is now standard on Premium models, with MMI navigation plus with traffic information online standard on Premium Plus and Prestige models. Both infotainment options deliver a host of innovations including an intelligent navigation function which provides the driver with location suggestions based on frequently driven routes, taking into consideration travel time and traffic congestion with data collected by the online servers run by HERE.
Audi Connect PRIME and PLUS online services, which package the applications that help connect the vehicle with the internet, the owner and the surrounding infrastructure, are available with a subscription (6-month trial offered on new vehicles). Functions such as parking, weather updates and Yelp® review highlights are now integrated with the MMI and can be accessed through their own icons. Infotainment features such as internet radio streaming and Amazon Music are also accessible via the MMI via the Audi Connect mobile application.
Launching later this year, the new myAudi app will offer A6 owners access to more digital services through their compatible smartphone, including myAudi Navigation. This time-saving function becomes a personal mobility manager, where a route can be started on a smartphone, continued in the on-board system upon entering the vehicle and then passed back to the smartphone to guide the occupant to their next destination – by foot or public transport.
As with the all-new A8 and A7, the A6 is an expression of the new design language introduced by Audi with the prologue study. With large surfaces, sculpted edges and striking lines, the sport sedan conveys its character of high tech and sophistication. The sedan’s Singleframe grille is wider and lower than its predecessor and large, side air inlets underscore the vehicle’s sporty character.
From the side, three distinctive lines reduce the visual height of the A6; the pronounced wheel arches emphasize the vehicle’s quattro DNA, the roof line, which tapers into the flat C-pillars, characterizes the silhouette and the short trunk lid ends in a curved edge for optimized aerodynamics.
Additional exterior design highlights include:
Three headlight systems are available for the 2019 model year including:
The A6 is standard equipped with LED taillights with dynamic rear turn signals. New for 2019, the A6 features a unique taillight design that continues the horizontal architecture from the front of the vehicle. A chrome strip underscores the width of the vehicle and provides a visual link between the left and right taillights.
The interior of the A6 is larger than the outgoing model with more headroom and shoulder room in both the front and rear. The MMI touch response system with its black-panel design fuses together the interior architecture and user interface in a modern and sophisticated manner. The orientation of the interior is strongly angled towards the driver, creating a driver-centric cockpit.
Additional interior design highlights include:
Powertrain and performance
The A6 features a newly developed 3.0-liter TFSI® V6 engine, which compared to its predecessor, delivers more power and weighs 30 pounds less. The 3.0-liter engine generates 335 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque, 44 lb-ft of peak torque more than the previous generation, and it’s available between a range of 1,370 and 4,500 rpm. As a result, the A6 can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 5.1 seconds.
The V6 engine features a twin-scroll turbocharger positioned directly inside the “V” replacing the supercharger from the previous generation. This compact configuration ensures improved engine responsiveness and performance. As for intake, the Audi valvelift system (AVS) changes the duration of the valve opening depending on the throttle and engine speed. To help increase engine efficiency and power, the V6 engine uses a centrally mounted fuel injector and a combustion method with shorter compression and longer expansion phases. This allows for a higher compression ratio of 11.2:1, further improving the engine’s efficiency and allowing for greater torque delivery.
The seven-speed S tronic® dual-clutch automatic transmission now transfers power to a quattro® with ultra® technology that is optimized for performance and efficiency. This technology allows for intelligent, proactive control of the all-wheel drive system to help predictively modify the torque application as the driver demands or the road conditions require.
New for 2019, the A6 will come standard equipped with Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicle (MHEV) technology. The 48-volt system is extremely compact – enough to be stored under the rear cargo floor. Power is supplied from the 10Ah battery to a belt alternator starter (BAS) to enhance the comfort of the start/stop system. A conventional pinion starter is used for cold starts only.
Chassis and Suspension
The A6 sedan is also noticeably more dynamic than the outgoing model, due to innovative suspension solutions. The body of the A6 uses a mix of lightweight aluminum and high-strength steel to create a higher torsional rigidity than the previous model. Heavier materials crucial to vehicle rigidity have been moved closer to the center for enhanced handling and chassis response.
The redesigned front five-link suspension with lightweight construction offers greater steering precision and excellent handling through optimized steering-rack placement direct at wheel centers. An available sport suspension lowers ride height by 20 mm. Standard equipped with progressive steering, the sporty steering ratio becomes more direct as the steering angle increases, making the mid-size sedan more maneuverable.
Advanced driver assistance systems
The new A6 offers a comprehensive suite of standard and available driver assistance systems. All of these systems benefit from a zFAS central driver assistance controller, which obtains information from up to 24 sensors and creates a digital picture of the A6’s environment to help compare, evaluate and derive strategies for the driver assistance systems.
Driver assistance features include:
Model year 2019 A6 starting manufacturer suggested retail prices:
|2019 Audi A6||3.0-liter TFSI® V6||$58,900||$62,700||$67,100|
*Prices above exclude destination charge ($995), taxes, title, options, and dealer charges. Dealer sets actual price.
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