The new Audi A6 Avant will get added cabin space and fresh on-board technology when it arrives in the UK later this year.
Like the four-door saloon unveiled earlier in the year, the Avant will boast mild-hybrid engines as standard, while a new infotainment system will dominate the revamped cabin.
Sitting lower but slightly wider than its predecessor, Audi claims the newcomer provides added space for passengers. You won’t be able to tell that from the stats though. The boot still carries 565 litres with the rear seats up, and when they’re folded away it still offers 1,680 litres. The German manufacturer, however, says there’s more front and rear elbow room, as well as class-leading knee room for those in the rear.
Further forward, the dashboard gets a new infotainment system with an 8.8-inch touchscreen, although that grows to 10.1 inches when upgraded.
Other on-board technology includes the stunning Virtual Cockpit instrument display and a host of driver assistance systems. Audi says a self-parking system will eventually become available, but at launch there will be a semi-autonomous cruise control system that provides steering inputs to keep the car in its lane.
There’s high-tech stuff under the bonnet, too. Power comes from one of two 3.0-litre V6 engines – a petrol and a diesel – both of which feature mild hybrid electrical systems. Using a separate battery, the system harvests energy under braking and allows the engine to cut off when coasting in a bid to save fuel.
Both engines will be assisted by Audi’s S Tronic automatic gearboxes and Quattro four-wheel drive, and Audi claims the newcomer’s optional suspension and differential makes it more comfortable and more agile than any previous A6.