It’s been nearly a full year since the next-generation Audi A6 (C8) was last spotted out in the wild, and although still heavily camouflaged, our spy photographers managed to catch sight of another prototype that gives us a potential glimpse of the new headlights and taillamps.

The new LED DRL graphics seen in this set of photos don’t necessarily reflect the actual production ones, for they are digitally superimposed based on a frontal photo of the car in a presentation slide. It’s worth noting though, that the overall shape of the headlamps remains largely the same as the outgoing A6 – it starts out tall from the outside and tapers in towards the grille.

Speaking of which, one will find the familiar six-pointed Singleframe grille that appears slimmer and shorter than the outgoing model’s. As for illumination, expect LED and Matrix LED to be among the mix.

The taillamps on the other hand, look slimmer and may feature the same LED graphics as its larger A7 sibling. It’s unclear at this point if there will be an adjoining strip of LED, but Audi did say the particular design element is reserved for its more premium offerings.

From this set of heavily-camouflaged pictures, the overall shape of the car seems less bulky than before, and just like the A7, there appears to be a disconnect in the character line between the front doors. Previous iterations of the A6 features strong character lines that span – and thereby accentuating – its profile, but the new A6 looks to change that with a more muscular rear section.

Powertrain options will likely include a range of four and six cylinder engines for the A6 and S6, but the hot RS6 may get the 4.0 litre turbocharged V8 from the Porsche Panamera Turbo. Sources say it will also get the latest Audi Virtual Cockpit. If anything, all will be revealed when the new Audi A6 premieres next year, possibly at the Paris Motor Show in October.