Talk about being hidden in plain sight. To celebrate the start of A7 production at its facility in Neckarsulm, Germany, Audi pushed a number of images onto its media site — including, of all things, a preview of its forthcoming next-generation A6 sedan.
Like the A7, A8, and R8, the new A6 will be manufactured within the walls of the Neckarsulm plant, which explains why Audi posed each model in front of the factory for a publicity photo. Although the new A6 is hidden beneath a white sheet, some careful adjustments in exposure and contrast reveal a little more of what lies beneath.
From what we can tell, the new A6 adopts the broad, chiseled stance of the larger A8, along with Audi’s signature tapering grille. Headlamps, however, appear to be somewhat unique — not only do they appear much longer than those on the A8 or A7, the LED daytime running lamps, which conveniently shine through the car cover — are straight. Those used on virtually every other Audi model have typically incorporated a curve or slight kink at the outer edges of the headlamp assembly.
Audi isn’t saying much about the car at this point, but previous reports have suggested the new A6 will ride upon the modular architecture employed by the A7. According to Car Magazine, Europeans will have a pick of two different TDI diesel offerings, but gasoline engines are expected to include a 180-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4; a 201-horsepower, 2.8-liter V-6; and a 296-horsepower, 3.0-liter supercharged V-6. Cars equipped with Quattro reportedly receive a new seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, although an eight-speed ZF automatic may also be an option.
We’ll know more for certain next year, as Audi’s expected to pull the wraps off the new A6 at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show in March. Stay with Automobile Magazine for the latest news surrounding the A6 and other forthcoming Geneva debuts.
Source: Audi, Car Magazine