Audi A6 Sedan

The entire Audi A6 range has been updated for the 2009 model year, and features the new Audi 3.0 litre supercharged engine for the 3.0T model. Audi sold 234,000 units of the A6 globally in 2007, giving it a 37% market share.

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Audi A6 Sedan

On the exterior you get a new front and rear. The front features an updated single frame grille, new bumpers, new air vents and new foglamps. The rear features a subtle lip on the trunk, an integrated chrome strip on the bumper, a broad diffuser and straight exhaust pipes. The rear lamps have also been updated with LED technology and are inspired from the tail lamps of the A4. The rear now looks like a larger, more muscular A4.

The Audi A6 is also available with an S-Line package which bridges the gap between the A6 and the S6. The S-Line package includes 17 inch wheels and a sports suspension which lowers the car by 30mm. It also includes the sports seats, a black trimmed interior with aluminium inserts.

Audi A6 Sedan

There are 6 petrol and 4 diesel engines available for the A6, all of which feature direct injection. Three gearboxes are available – a manual, Tiptronic automatic or Multitronic CVT. The smallest engine is the 2.0 inline-4 TFSI putting out 170hp, and the largest is the 4.2 litre V8 FSI putting out 350 horsepower. In the middle lies two versions of the 2.8 litre FSI V6 with Audi Valvelift System with two power outputs – 190hp or 220hp.

The remaining petrol engine is the 3.0 litre TFSI V6 powered by a supercharger instead of a turbocharger. It produces 290hp at just under 5,000rpm and 420Nm from 2,500rpm, remaining constant up tto 4,850rpm.

The 4 diesel engines consist of two 2.0 litre inline-4 TDI engines with 135hp (referred to as TDIe) and 170hp respectively, and two V6 engines – a 2.7 TDI V6 with 190hp and 380Nm of torque and a 3.0 TDI V6 with 240hp and 450Nm of torque. The A6 Allroad quattro is only available with the two V6 TDI engines and the 3.0 TFSI engine. The S6 sedan and Avant models are available with a 435hp 5.2 litre V10.

Audi’s trademark quattro all-wheel drive is available on all engines with 190hp output and above. It is standard equipment on the high-end models. By default, torque split is 40:60 to the front and rear, but the Torsen differential can divert power up to 65% to the front or 85% to the rear depending on needs.

Audi A6 Sedan

On the interior you get an updated instrument panel that uses higher resolution graphics. Both aluminium or wood trim is available for the interior. For the front you can either opt for standard seats or sports seats, and the rear is also available with a traditional 3 person bench or a 2 person bench.

Audi’s MMI system has been updated for the A6 facelift and there is now the option for the high-end MMI Navigation plus system. The MMI Navigation plus is a new system which uses a 40GB hard drive to store navigation data as well as MP3s and up to 5,000 addresses. It uses a high-resolution 7 inch screen which can also display TV channels with an optional DVB-T TV tuner.

The GPS navigation program now features a new bird’s eye picture mode which shows topographical features on the landscape. While the previous MMI system interrupted whatever is being displayed when you adjust interior parameters such as air conditioning or seat heating, the new MMI system now shows you the controls in a small pop-up window at the right rather than taking over the whole screen.

Audi A6 Sedan

New equipment include optional LED daytime running lights with horizontal strips formed out of 6 LEDs each, Audi adaptive light, and a high-beam assistant that automatically switches the high beam on and off much like the Gentex SmartBeam system. The A6’s suspension has been tweaked for this facelift. The front shock observers now have a larger diameter. There is now an optional adaptive air suspension which allows the driver to vary suspension settings via three pre-set settings.

There are a few new driver assist systems with the facelifted A6. Audi Side Assist works at speeds of over 30km/h and uses radar sensors to detect cars in other lanes at distances of up to 50 meters away. If a vehicle is detected, a signal on the wing mirror lights up to warn the driver. Audi Lane Assist helps the driver stay in his own lane. A new radar adaptive cruise control helps keep a steady distance between the A6 and the car in front. Finally there is a rear view camera to assist with parking.

The facelifted A6 will be available in German dealers from mid-October 2008.

PHOTO GALLERY: Facelifted Audi A6 Sedan
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PHOTO GALLERY: Facelifted Audi A6 Avant
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PHOTO GALLERY: Facelifted Audi A6 Allroad Quattro
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PHOTO GALLERY: Facelifted Audi S6 Sedan
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PHOTO GALLERY: Facelifted Audi S6 Avant
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