Audi officially reveals all-new 2012 A6 Avant

Audi officially reveals all-new 2012 A6 Avant

Us Kiwis are suckers for a nice station wagon and Audi has given us all something to admire in its sleek new 2012 A6 Avant. The latest estate model has just been revealed at an event in Berlin, Germany with photos and specs released.

The new A6 Avant is larger with improved interior space but is lighter and more fuel efficient. To achieve the weight-reduction over its predecessor the A6 body is now 20 percent aluminum and also uses a composite construction that integrates high-strength steel for safety. This new lightweight approach to construction means the new A6 wagon is up to 70kg lighter than the model it replaces depending on the powertrain installed. The base model A6 2.0 TDI Avant weighs 1,640kg.

The A6 Avant powertrain options include six engines and four transmissions for various global markets but don’t expect all of them to come to New Zealand. The entry-level engine is a 2.0-litre TDI turbo-diesel four-cylinder that produces 131kW, and achieves a fuel economy of just 5.0l/100km combined. There is a larger diesel mill on offer with a 3.0-litre displacement and twin-turbocharging, its available in various power outputs ranging from 152kW to 233kW. In its most powerful form the TDI motor will take the A6 Avant from 0-100km/hper hour in a mere 5.4 seconds.

For those who prefer petrol there are two offerings with 2.8 and 3.0 litre displacements. Both engines use variable valve technology with the 2.8-litre FSI motor producing 152kW while the 3.0-litre TFSI pumps out 223kW with a supercharger boosting up. Transmissions include a six-speed manual, a CVT box and Audi’s seven speed S-Tronic gearbox. The top spec 3.0 TDI uses an eight-speed Tiptronic transmission to change the kogs.

Over in Europe, the new A6 Avant will start showrooms in October with a base price of €40,850.

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