Audi has introduced its new business sedan in a world premiere at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show this week, as well as unveiling the brand’s very first electric car, the Audi e-tron.
Audi 6 large sedan
The new 2019 Audi A6 is the eighth generation of the German automaker’s popular luxury sedan to come to market. The keyword for the exterior design of the car is elegance with a healthy dose of sportiness – improved aerodynamics have reduced the co-efficient of drag to 0.24. The model also introduces a number of elements of Audi’s new design language sure to be repeated in other upcoming models with the four-ring logo.
We reported last week on an early preview of the A6 ahead of the Geneva show – check it out here.
Combining the agility of a sports car with the nimble responsiveness of a much smaller compact model, the new A6, the Canadian version of which will come with a 3.0L V6 engine producing 340 hp, uses Audi’s new all-wheel drive steering system to offer owners a thrilling driving experience, for example by reducing turning radius and incorporating a new damping concept for improving the precision with which the vehicle reacts to the road.
Inside, the Audi A6 provides a wide range of advanced technologies touching on performance, comfort and convenience, safety and of course connected mobility. For starters the vehicle’s longer wheelbase creates a more expansive space for occupants. Two different high-resolution colour touchscreens provide access to the car’s various systems. Like the recently unveiled 2019 Audi A8 and 2019 Audi A7 Sportback models, the new A6 is equipped with systems that allow it to achieve level 3 autonomous driving.
First all-electric Audi
Meanwhile, Audi also used the occasion of the Geneva show to unveil its very first all-electric model: the Audi e-tron SUV prototype is a sporty premium coupe-style SUV that can fit five adults and all of their luggage, at a par with conventional Audi SUVs of the same class.
Designed to be chargeable at fast-charging stations in as little as 30 minutes, the e-tron features a high-voltage drive system that integrates in full the driving dynamics of the automaker’s combustion-engine models. Range will depend on which battery pack is chosen by buyers, although 500 km is being bandied about as a minimum targeted range; Audi plans to offer three different battery pack options.
Meanwhile, a number of the prototypes have been driving in and around Geneva this week sporting camouflage paint, as you can see here. We’re anxious to learn more about this exciting concept as it gets closer to a production version – something Audi hopes to have ready for a full reveal in Brussels this coming June, ahead of a possible early 2019 go-to-market date.