Audi has started testing its eighth-generation Audi A6 in India. Reports in media indicate the new Audi A6 is being tested for emission norms and fuel economy at ARAI, Pune. The model was first revealed at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show earlier this year in March. As for its India launch, Audi is likely to introduce the model sometime early next year. Dimensionally, the eighth generation Audi A6 measures 7 mm longer at 4,939 mm, 12 mm wider at 1,886 mm and 2mm higher at 1,457 mm opposed to the existing model. The wheelbase has also been extended by 12 mm which now stands at 2,924 mm, carving out more room for the occupants inside.
Audi has not revealed engine options for the India-bound model, though it is expected to get high-displacing 3.0-litre, turbocharged TFSI petrol and TDI oil burner. In terms of power, the petrol engine makes 340 bhp against 500 Nm torque and comes paired to a 7-speed S-Tronic automatic unit. Diesel unit generates little less at 286 bhp along with 620 Nm torque and is supported by an 8-speed Tiptronic automatic gearbox. It additionally gets Audi’s Quattro AWD system as standard.
On the aesthetic front, the all-new Audi A6 features Audi’s latest design tenet. Interestingly, Audi’s Prologue Concept is also based on the same design philosophy. Built on the same design tenet, the 2018 Audi A6 executive sedan combines modernism and sophistication. At front, there is a hexagonal single-frame grille and flat HD Matrix LED headlamps. The sides are highlighted by taut surfaces and sharp creases, while at the back it gets bolder tail-lamps and bootlid. A chrome strip runs across the tail-lamps and the rear diffuser features a dual chrome-finished faux trapezoidal muffler tips.
Changes to the interior will primarily include additional tech with most of the styling bits inspired by Audi A7. There will be a 10.1-inch touchscreen display for the infotainment system and a separate 8.6-inch display on the bottom for climate control, etc. Upon its launch, the model will compete with Mercedes-Benz E-Class, BMW 5-Series and Jaguar XF in the luxury sedan segment.