German luxury automaker has revealed the images of the new Audi A6 Avant. The station wagon version of the popular A6 sedan will go on sale in the European markets later this year. However, the automaker has not confirmed regarding the car making its way to the US markets. The fifth-generation of the extended variant of the A6 gets a striking design and a mild hybrid system while offering fully digital MMI touch response operating system. According to Audi, the new A6 Avant is more practical than its predecessor and gets an extensive range of driver assistance systems.
In terms of looks, the 2018 Audi A6 Avant gets a wide low single frame grille up front that looks borrowed from the original 2015 Audi Prologue concept, the elongated silhouette and trapezoidal window surfaces at the sides along with muscular roofline flows into the low-profile D-pillar and the roof edge spoiler while the rear gets a decorative trim providing a link between the lights. In terms of dimension, the next-gen A6 Avant measures 4.94 metres in length, 1.89 metres in width and 1.47 metres in height and offers a roomier interior than its predecessor. However, the spacious luggage compartment capacity of its predecessor with a loading width of 1,050 mm and has a capacity of 565-litre in the basic configuration. Also, the capacity can be increased to almost 1,680-litres with the backrests folded down.
At the interior, the sporty fifth-gen A6 Avant will offer two large displays in the MMI touch response system, of which the top display with its 10.1-inch screen is for infotainment and navigation while the 8.6-inch display below is used for climate control, comfort functions and text input. However, the MMI navigation also gets the fully digital Audi virtual cockpit with its 12.3-inch screen diagonal, which is operated with the multifunction buttons on the steering wheel. Other highlights include the electrical tailgate and the luggage compartment cover that comes as standard, an electric release function for the optional trailer hitch, rail system as standard for the luggage compartment, tensioning strap and a net and two hooks for the perfect day out camping along with load-securing kit with telescopic bar and strap as option.
Talking about the powertrain, the upcoming Audi A6 Avant will come with a 3.0-litre turbo-charged V-6 engine mild hybrid system and a belt alternator starter. The 3.0-litre turbo-charged V-6 engine mild hybrid system is capable of producing max power of 340 bhp and peak torque of 500Nm and will come mated to 8-speed automatic transmission. However, the 48 V systems feed the electricity into a separate lithium-ion battery while braking resulting in the new Audi A6 Avant cruising at between 55 and 160kmph in which the start-stop kicks in at 22kmph. Apart from these, Audi also has plans to introduce 2.0-litre turbo petrol and diesel motors later with the car mated to a more efficient seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and introducing the front-wheel drive system as well.
Also, the most expensive A6 Avant models will come with all-wheel drive, four-wheel steering, active anti-roll bars and three-chamber air suspension in order to help it compete with the very best in the segment. When launched, the 2018 Audi A6 Avant will take against the likes of the BMW 5 Series Touring and Mercedes E-Class Estate. Though there is no confirmation regarding the launch of the next-gen Audi A6 Avant in the Indian market but looking at the potential of the car in the country the Volvo V90 Cross Country already on sale and the Mercedes E-Class All Terrain is all set to arrive this year in the country in the segment, Audi might think about launching the new A6 Avant in the Indian market. Stay tuned to V3cars.com for further updates on the fifth-gen Audi A6 Avant.