The exterior of the new A6 represents the new design language, which Audi premiered in the A8. While the A8 stands for prestige and the A7 for progressiveness in Audi’s new premium class design language, the new A6 exudes technical elegance. The signature of the HD Matrix LED headlights visualizes the Sedan’s high level of technology. In the interior too, the new A6 reinforces the brand claim “Vorsprung durch Technik.” The A6 offers this with the black-panel design on the instrument panel, which creates a flowing transition between display and trim panel. This is the most modern interior in its class at present. The numerous trim variants allow wide-ranging characters to make their mark, from elegant through sporty.
The new Audi A6 is 4,939 meters (16.2 ft) long, 1,886 meters (6.2 ft) wide and just 1,457 meters (4.8 ft) high. The exterior stands out with its balanced proportions, visually shorter overhangs, athletically taut surfaces, sharply defined edges and striking lines.
The Sedan’s Singleframe grille is wider and set down lower than on the predecessor model. It conveys an initial impression of technological expertise. Large, side air inlets with functional air curtains emphasize the Sedan’s sporty character; pronounced contours bring them to a finish lower down.
Seen from the side too, the design of the A6 is tauter than before. A contour stretches across the top section of the sheet metal body, which starts as an edge in the hood and ends at the rear as a separating edge. The defining theme on the sides is the quattro sculpture, represented by striking muscles above the wheel arches – a throwback to the blisters of the Audi Ur-quattro. The arched shoulder line runs slightly lower across the doors. In the associated lower section, pronounced sideblades emphasize the dynamic side view.
A characteristic domed arch dominates the roofline of the new Audi A6. The C-pillar is much flatter and the entire window line much more dynamic than before. The entire center of the car sits centrally between the axles. At the rear a chrome strip emphasizes the impression of width of the A6 and provides a link between the two rear lights. The wedge-shaped rear lights, which end externally in vertical segments, also contribute to the impression of width. They are part of the rear sculpture and with their aerodynamic finishing touches attest to the Sedan’s high-tech character.
The paint range for the new Audi A6 includes the exterior colors Brilliant Black, Daytona Gray, Firmament Blue, Floret Silver, Glacier White, Ibis White, Carat Beige, Mythos Black, Navarra Blue, Seville Red, Soho Brown, Typhoon Gray and Tango Red. If required, the customer can also order customized paint finishes.
A choice of five different trim variants are available for maximum custom options: As an alternative to the basic version, Audi offers the sport, design, design selection lines and S line sport package.
With the headlights, customers of the new Audi A6 have a choice of three variants. They all feature LED technology. The first option features the Matrix LED headlight with adaptive high beam, which consists of seven different modules. As an extension of the second bar in the Singleframe, they are split horizontally; the dominant top section accommodates the indicator, the daytime running lights and the pupil-like dipped beam modules. The daytime running light signature underlines the technical character of the A6; configured from five spatially tiered light guides and backlight LEDs, it provides very homogeneous illumination.
The top-of-the-line option is the HD Matrix LED headlights with the multi-row high beam, which consists of 32 individual light segments altogether. It also features a dynamically controllable dipped beam. The lighting control system provides a fully variable switch between dipped and high beam. The bottom zone of the headlight, which visually tends to fall into the background, houses the turning light and the two-row Matrix high beam. In each unit 32 LEDs dynamically and precisely illuminate the road, masking out other road users from the cone of light. The LEDs also act as cornering lights.
The rear lights are available in two versions. In the top-of-the-line variant (from Matrix LED headlights) the tail light is digital: Nine vertical, three-dimensional light fins on each side illuminate the tail light. When braking, the brake light fills the spaces between them. The indicator, in this case a dynamical indicator, is located at the top edge of the lights. When unlocking the doors and locking them again at the end of the journey, dynamic light sequences run briefly in the rear lights and the headlights where with HD Matrix LED headlights are fitted.