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The 2015 Audi A6 facelift has been launched in Malaysia! Revealed to the world almost a year ago, the rejuvenated C7-generation rival to the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and BMW 5 Series has finally landed on our shores in two distinct flavours – a turbocharged 1.8 TFSI variant sits alongside a 3.0 TFSI version.

We begin with the exterior, then. The Audi A6 facelift features a mildly updated suit, replete with a redesigned Singleframe front grille, redesigned front air inlets, a rear bumper with a diffuser-like element, more pronounced side sills, LED rear lights with bolder graphics and restyled xenon headlights. Standard on the 1.8 TFSI variant are xenon plus headlights with high-beam assistant.

Moving on to the 3.0 TFSI variant, it gets LED headlights and LED rear lights with dynamic indicators as standard. Both variants feature electrically-folding side mirrors for added convenience. The 3.0 TFSI unit adds on a rearview camera and electrically-operated boot lid. Naturally, Audi’s Matrix LED headlight technology are offered as cost options on both variants.

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As mentioned, the Audi A6 facelift is available with two petrol engines – a 1.8 TFSI and a 3.0 TFSI option. In profile, the 1.8 variant wears 10-spoke, 17-inch aluminium wheels shod with 225/55 Pirelli Cinturato P7 tyres. The 3.0 TFSI variant is equipped with 15-spoke, 19-inch wheels wrapped in 255/40 Pirelli P Zero tyres.

The turbocharged 1.8 mill puts out a total of 190 hp and 320 Nm of torque from 1,400 to 4,100 rpm while the 3.0 TFSI, 333 hp and 440 Nm from 2,900 to 5,300 rpm. Both are paired to a seven-speed S tronic double-clutch transmission with the 3.0 TFSI sending its power to all four corners via quattro all-wheel drive system.

Performance figures include a century sprint time of 7.9 seconds for the front-wheel drive 1.8 TFSI model, while the more powerful 3.0 TFSI unit stops the clock in a sports car-rivalling 5.1 seconds. Top speed is rated at 233 km/h for the 1.8 TFSI while the 3.0 powers on to 250 km/h. Fuel consumption figures are recorded at 5.7 l/100 km and 7.4 l/100 km for the 1.8 and 3.0 TFSI variants, respectively.

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Inside, matters remain largely familiar, too. On the 1.8 TFSI variant, Milano leather seats (electrically-adjustable including memory function for the driver’s seat) are to be found as standard alongside a redesigned gear selector, a four-zone automatic air conditioning system, a four-spoke leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel, reclining rear seat backrests and a smattering of aluminium accents.

Elsewhere, Audi drive select is also to be found as standard on both variants – said system allows for the optimisation of varying driving styles with modes like Auto, Comfort, Dynamic, Individual and Efficiency. The latter mode allows for a ‘coasting’ feature when one lifts off the throttle. The virtual cockpit system misses the boat, unfortunately – you’ll have to wait for the next-gen model.

An electromechanical parking brake is standard, as is start-stop capabilities, rain-sensing wipers and heat-insulating glass while a wheelbase of 2,912 mm should help rear occupants get cosy in a little over a minute, we reckon. Standard entertainment comes in the form of Audi’s MMI radio plus system with a 6.5-inch electrically-operated colour screen and a sound system with 10 speakers.

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Jumping over to the 3.0 TFSI version, the one gets electric adjustment for the three-spoke, leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel – paddle shifters further help to mark it out over the 1.8 TFSI. Elsewhere, Audi’s MMI navigation plus with MMI touch is standard. Said platform includes an 8.0-inch colour display along with a Bose surround sound system with 14 speakers.

Additional driver convenience on the 3.0 TFSI variant include Audi Connect functionality with Google Earth and WiFi capabilities. Said system will allow owners to connect to the Internet via a SIM card to access LTE high-speed data. The MMI touch feature enables touchpad functionality that enables direct input of characters to speed up prompts on the navigation system and such.

As for safety equipment, the 1.8 TFSI variant arrives with a total of six airbags – driver, front passenger, dual front side and head airbags. Also to be found are ESC, traction control, EDL, ABS with EBD and brake assist along with a puncture indicator and parking aid plus with selective display. Additionally, electronic child-proof locks, hold assist and Isofix and top tether child restraint system mountings are included.

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The 3.0 TFSI elevates the safety levels by arriving on the scene equipped with eight airbags – the additional two being the presence of dual rear side airbags. Also, it goes without saying that the 3.0 TFSI variant adds on every other safety feature from its lesser sibling.

A total of 13 colours are available – Ibis White, Glacier White, Brilliant Black, Oolong Grey, Mythos Black, Dakota Grey, Floret Silver, Diamond Beige, Aviator Blue, Tornado Grey, Havana Black, Moonlight Blue and Garnet Red.

Prices for the Audi A6 facelift begin at RM324,900 for the 1.8 TFSI variant, inclusive of on-the-road (OTR) costs sans insurance. The 3.0 TFSI version, on the other hand, goes for an estimated price of below RM500,000. The warranty is that of a four-year/120,000 km (whichever comes first) variety.

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Audi A6 facelift 3.0 TFSI