The 2021 Audi A6 arrives with a total current design and a renewed mechanical range that adapts to the requirements of the new European regulations. Also, the new A6 has new entertainment systems that try to anticipate what will be new trends in the sector.
Regarding design, it is worth highlighting its marked lines, which reaffirm its exterior aesthetics and continue to reinforce its sporty and elegant character, which it has always enjoyed. Due to its dimensions, characteristics, and price, this new 2021 Audi A6 is an alternative to rivals such as the Mercedes E-Class or the BMW 5 Series.
New Audi A6: Pure elegance
The new 2021 Audi A6 is clearly distinguished from the predecessor version by the newly minted headlights and the changes applied to the Singleframe grille and the lower air intakes. Like its older siblings, the Audi A8 and A7 Sportback models, the new 2021 Audi A6 is the new ambassador for Audi’s recent design language.
The 2021 Audi A6 features taut surfaces, sharp edges, and striking lines. This luxury saloon conveys its character unequivocally in the following ways: elegance, sportiness, technology, and sophistication. These are all the data, price, and specifications of the new 2021 Audi A6.
The classic low-rise, wide Singleframe grille with flat headlamps and contoured air intakes convey greater sportiness and elegance. From the side view, taut lines and powerful contours are drawn onto the bodywork, embodying Audi’s Quattro genes.
The roofline on this new 2021 Audi A6 is characterized by being narrower at the C-pillars. The striking chrome trim accentuates the rear section and connects the two optics. The range of paints covers up to 14 colors (not all available since launch). In addition to the basic version, customers can choose between the A6 Sport and A6 Design trim lines. Both can be combined with the S-Line exterior package to give the new 2021 Audi A6 more sportiness.
The side sills, rear lights, and exhaust outlets also have a new design. Also, the German manufacturer Audi offers as option headlights with LED or Matrix LED technologies, combined with dynamic turn signals, which give it a slightly different image than its little brother, the Audi A4.
Five lines, arranged horizontally, draw the signature of the daytime running lights, on which are the modules of the low beam, which resemble the pupils of a human eye.
Grows in dimensions for greater comfort
The exterior stands out for having very balanced proportions and short overhangs. The dimensions of this eighth generation of the 2021 Audi A6 grow a few millimeters.
The dimensions of the 2021 Audi A6 are as follows: 4.94 meters in length (it grows seven millimeters more than its predecessor). The width is also increased by twelve millimeters, to 1.89 meters, while its height of 1.46 meters is now two millimeters greater.
The new 2021 Audi A6 barely grows a few millimeters compared to its predecessor. However, it offers much more space inside. The wheelbase has been increased by twelve millimeters and the legroom inside has been increased by 21 millimeters.
In this aspect, it surpasses all its direct rivals. The same can be said for the rear row of seats, which takes a step forward in habitability. The boot of the 2021 Audi A6 offers 530 liters of capacity. Optionally, it can have an electric opening and closing system.
The dashboard of the new 2021 Audi A6 is characterized by a futuristic ‘Black Panel’ design that combines form and function quite impressively. This design language is perceived as practical and simplified, with horizontal lines that create a sense of space.
The center console as well as the two displays of the MMI Touch Response system are slightly oriented towards the driver. When turned off, the top screen practically disappears and blends into the surface. Quick access and a high degree of customization: the smartphone-style display and the MMI Touch Response operating system make operating the instrumentation of the new 2021 Audi A6 very intuitive.
Clean and futuristic interior design
It is undoubtedly one of the most modern operating concepts in the category. Two large displays replace most of the buttons and controls on the previous model. It is the first visible sign of the digitization that the new 2021 Audi A6 establishes in this vehicle segment.
The system also allows for a high degree of customization. On the upper screen, you can configure the controls for all functions, similar to the user experience that a smartphone provides with applications.
On the lower screen, you can create up to 27 individual shortcuts for the main functions of the vehicle, and set up favorites for the most frequently used ones, such as phone numbers, radio stations, or navigation destinations.
The new 2021 Audi A6 is equipped with a wide range of navigation systems, infotainment, and Audi Connect services that make this vehicle a smart saloon. With each profile, up to seven conductors can individually store around 400 settings.
The MMI Navigation Plus system is even more complete with optional add-on modules, including the possibility of choosing between two sound systems. The most advanced version of the range, the ‘Bang & Olufsen Advanced Sound System’, also offers 3D sound in the rear seats.
Technology? All possible.
The new 2021 Audi A6 features up to 39 driver assistance systems and sets a new standard in the premium saloon segment. It is, therefore, the ideal option for drivers who devour miles on the road.
Together, these systems provide additional assistance to the driver and improve comfort. Among them, the adaptive driving assistant stands out, which in addition to the adaptive cruise control and the predictive efficiency assistant, also adds the assistant that helps the driver in construction sites.
Also included are the Audi Traffic Jam Assist for driving in traffic jams, and the Audi Active Lane Assist, which helps to keep the vehicle in the lane with small interventions on the steering. The emergency assistant improves safety by bringing the vehicle to a complete stop and making an automatic call to emergency services.
These and other functions are grouped in the ‘Tour’ package, one of the three driving assistant packages, along with the ‘Parking’ and ‘City’ packages. The latter includes features such as the new Audi Crossing Assist crossover assistant.
Engines of the new Audi A6
For the European market, the new 2021 Audi A6 will be available with two V6 engine. Later, the classic TFSI and TDI versions with four-cylinder engines will be added to the range.
All of these engines are characterized by powerful power delivery, high efficiency, and highly refined operation. The V6 engine petrol in the 55 TFSI engine is a 3.0 TFSI powerplant that delivers 340 hp and a maximum torque of 500 Nm. The 3.0 TDI of the 50 TDI engine in its 286 hp variant provides even higher torque, reaching up to 620 Nm.
All versions of the 2021 Audi A6 are equipped as standard with an automatic transmission. While the V6 engine diesel are associated with an eight-speed Tiptronic transmission, the 3.0 TFSI is mated with a seven-speed S-Tronic.
The three-liter diesel and gasoline engines transmit power through the standard Quattro traction, through a self-locking center differential on versions with Tiptronic transmission.
In the case of engines with S-Tronic transmission, this is carried out using Ultra technology, which activates traction on the rear axle instantly when necessary.
For the V6 engine TDI diesel , Audi also offers the sports differential as an option, which enables more dynamic and stable driving on curvy roads by actively distributing torque between the two wheels on the rear axle.
And what about its maintenance? In this article, we will tell you five things you should know about the maintenance of the 2021 Audi A6.
Also with mild-hybrid technology
To further enhance comfort and efficiency, all available engines in the new 2021 Audi A6 are equipped with Mild-Hybrid Technology (MHEV). Along with the Audi A8 and A7 Sportback, Audi now has three fully electrified models in its range.
This technology equips a belt-driven electric motor (BAS) that acts as an alternator and can function as a starter motor. This electric motor works together with a lithium-ion battery with a 10 Ah capacity.
In combination with the V6 engine, a 48 V mild-hybrid system is used. The 2021 Audi A6 can coast or cruise between 55 and 160 km / h. Along with this, the start-stop system can be activated from 22 km / h.
During deceleration, the electric motor recovers up to 12 kW of energy. In real driving, the 48V mild-hybrid technology reduces fuel consumption by up to 0.7 liters per hundred kilometers. This technology allows the new 2021 Audi A6 to obtain the ECO label from the DGT.
The previous generation of the 2021 Audi A6 (2011-2018)
The 2021 Audi A6 arrives in the third quarter of 2014. It does so with a renewed design and a completely revised engine range, which adapts to the requirements of the new European regulations on pollution.
The new 2021 Audi A6 is now more efficient and technological than ever. Also, this update to the range brings with it new infotainment systems and batteries for driving assistance, which aim to anticipate new trends in the automotive sector.
Engines for all needs
The range of engines for the 2021 Audi A6 and A6 Avant includes three TFSI mechanics with outputs of between 190 hp and 333 hp and five TDI engines ranging from 150 hp to 320 hp. All engines comply with the Euro 6 emission standard and their CO2 emissions have been reduced by up to 22%.
Now Audi’s most efficient gasoline and diesel engines carry the Ultra designation. The top gasoline engine, the 3.0 TFSI, has been entirely revised. Development engineers have also completely redesigned many aspects of the efficient and environmentally friendly 3.0 TDI, which is available with either 218 hp or 272 hp.
The 3.0 TDI BiTurbo produces 320 hp. This high-performance diesel is paired with an eight-speed Tiptronic transmission. All other mechanical variants are equipped as standard with a newly designed six-speed manual transmission, or with a seven-speed S-Tronic.
In the front-wheel-drive versions, and evolved transmission with two clutches replaces the Multitronic system. In mechanical configurations starting at 272 hp, the Quattro all-wheel-drive can be combined with a sporty rear differential, which actively distributes torque between the two wheels.
A spacious and technological cabin
The new A6 also bets strongly on the interior for new generation multimedia devices. It has an optional MMI Plus navigation with MMI Touch control. A set equipped with a retractable eight-inch monitor.
Also, connectivity is total thanks to the Audi Connect supplementary module, which transfers data via 4G and allows you to enjoy online services, including new streaming apps.
The range of driver assistance systems is also very attractive, culminating in adaptive cruise control with Stop & Go function. Audi Side Assist, which uses radar pickups behind the car when changing lanes, works in conjunction with Lane Keeping Assist (Audi Lane Assist), which helps prevent unintentional detours.
The night vision assistant now includes even more functions, and the basic Audi Pre Sense safety system is standard. Important information can also be activated on the optional Head-Up Display that projects data into the driver’s field of vision.
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Country, sports, and super sports variants
Although its cowboy essence has remained intact, the design of the 2021 Audi A6 Allroad Quattro is now more refined. Its raised bodywork and stainless steel trim on the front and rear of the underbody stand out.
As has happened until now, it continues to incorporate adaptive air suspension as standard, allowing you to vary the ground clearance at will.
The new Audi S6 and S6 Avant include Quattro permanent all-wheel drive and adaptive air suspension that lowers the body height by 20 millimeters. Also, through the 19-inch wheels, you can see the black front brake disc calipers.
As for the engines, the 4.0 TFSI, a V8 Biturbo producing 450 hp, accelerates the sedan from 0 to 100 km / h in 4.4 seconds. The Audi S6 Avant covers that sprint in 4.6 seconds. Average consumption is just 9.2 liters per 100 kilometers in the sedan and 9.4 liters in the Avant station wagon.
This efficiency is due in part to the Audi Cylinder On Demand (COD) system, which only activates four of the eight cylinders at partial load on the throttle.
On the other hand, the high-performance sports car from Audi, the Audi RS6 Avant accelerates from 0 to 100 km / h in 3.9 seconds and reaches a top speed of 250 km / h extendable to 305 km / h. Its 4.0 TFSI engine produces 560 hp, yet it has an average consumption of only 9.6 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers, which corresponds to CO2 emissions of 223 g / km.
The Cylinder On Demand system contributes greatly to this efficiency. An eight-speed Tiptronic transmission channels power from the V8 Biturbo. The standard transmission uses a center differential with increased slip limitation. The adaptive air suspension of the ‘RS’ lowers the body by 20 millimeters.