2018 Audi A6 – New Spy Photos, Release Date and Specs

January 1, 2017 AUDI, Upcoming cars

2018 Audi A6 Overview

Luxury and high end car lovers would certainly look for something unique, exotic and out of the ordinary. Hence it is not surprising when we hear about the upcoming 2018 Audi A6. There is no doubt that this car has been iconic as far as high end luxury cars are concerned. It was launched way back on 1994 and it was a modification of the C4 which was running in the roads at that point of time.

It certainly has stood the test of time and Audi A6 is considered to be one of the best in its class and compared favorably with other makes from the stables of Mercedes Benz, BMW, Jaguar, Cadillac and other such super premium models. The A6 also has gone through many upgrades and modifications. However, even today it continues to be as popular as it was around 2 decades ago.

It is therefore quite normal when we see lot of excitement over the 2018 Audi A6. Though nothing much is known about it, there are some prototypes and other information from the grapevine which could help us to have a better understanding about the new variant of A6. Hence let us try and find out more about it over the next few lines.

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Why It Evinces So Much Interest

It is similar to its low slung brother and belongs to the mid size sedan. It therefore quite naturally draws comparison with the A6 and A7 previous versions. It would be pertinent to mention that both versions belong perhaps to the Prologue family of concept cars. However it is believed that the 2018 version will come with a completely new interface and will be almost similar to the A6 which also is expected to hit the markets around the same time.

There are reasons to believe that Audi is putting lot of effort in making the A6 2018 version a big hit. It is important from the company’s perspective because of a number of reasons. First and foremost it comes with higher profit margins when compared to the previous A3 and A4 versions. Additionally it would be pertinent to mention that the A8 has a worldwide appeal and it attracts customers from Europe to Australia, from China to India and also many other countries in South America, South Africa and Russia. Hence from the company’s perspective there are reasons to believe that it has quite a bit at stake.

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A Look At The Platform

It would be pertinent to mention that the proposed 2018 Audi A6 is based on the previous models, i.e. A6 and A7. Further they have borrowed on the classic Audi’s modular longitudinal MLB EVO architecture. It is a platform that has stood the test of time and is known to be highly flexible. It allows both for four wheel as well as front drive which makes is perfectly suited for climbing steep and difficult hilly terrains. It also is expected to have the best of assistance and telematic systems. Further it will have different body variations. These include long-wheelbase cars which have liking in China. Further they also are supposed to come with the Avant Wagon feature and also will resemble the A4 hatchback.

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 Powertrain

The base version of the A6 is likely to come with a 2.5 liter turbo four. It also could have a V-6 options turbocharged variant. Additionally one also can expect the standard A7 model features to also be incorporated to some extent. There is also expectation that it will come with mild hybrids and one can also expect diesel version for the US and perhaps also for other markets in the USA.

 Things To Be Wary About

Migration to SUV categories by dozens of customers could be a big threat and it cannot be taken lightly or brushed aside. Hence it is extremely important that the A6 should have some attractive features which will make customers to stay on to it. Special care should be given the exterior and interior designs. The quality of materials should also have a closer re-look and Audi has to ensure that the proposed 2018 A6 makes no compromise on this under any circumstances.

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Release Date of 2018 Audi A6

Though the exact time of arrival is still shrouded in mystery, if we go by previous track records and history, there are some patterns which are worth being closely followed. Going by previous upgrades to A7 and A6, it can be expected that the new variant of 2018 Audi A6 might also hit the market sometime during the second half of 2018 but if the competition gets aggressive, they might advance the launch date to the 1st quarter of 2018.

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 2018 Audi A6 Price

The price is another mysterious area and there is nothing much one knows about it. Therefore one can at best only hazard a guess. It is expected that it should be in the range of $50000 to 70000 depending on the model and the features which it is supposed to come up with. Audi has stiff competition to counter and therefore one can be sure that they will not like to tinker with price too much.

 Competition For The New Audi A6 Version

There is no doubt that the proposed A8 will have a range of competition on its radar. They include the BMW 5 series, the Jaguar XF, the Cadillac CTS, Maserati Ghibli, Lexus VS, and last but not the least the Mercedes Benz belonging to the E-class. Hence it is quite obvious that these players also have quite a few things to be wary of as and when the A8 new version hits the market.

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 Bottom Line

At the end of the day there is no doubt that there is quite a bit of excitement surrounding this car. There are many experts who believe that it will leave no stones unturned to make it one of the best executive cars in the market today. So, let us keep our fingers crossed and hope that they are able to deliver on their promises. As of now there is nothing much concrete available on the ground apart from some prototypes and of course some news filtering from various sources the authenticity of which may not be fully beyond doubt.

John Goldberg