The aging A6 is being rejuvenated in a bid to put up a better fight against the newer E-Class and 5 Series.
Spy images have shown Audi is hard at work preparing the next-generation A6, but at the same time it’s also making efforts to keep the current car competitive by adding a new trim level. Joining the existing Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige versions, the new-for-2018MY Sport is expected to carry a starting price of $52,175 if you factor in the $975 destination charges.
For that kind of money, you’ll be getting a front-wheel-drive midsize luxury sedan fitted with a turbocharged 2.0-liter gasoline engine delivering 252 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. The optional Quattro system will bump the asking price to $54,375, while upgrading to the beefier supercharged 3.0-liter engine rated at 340 hp and 325 lb-ft is going increase the bill to $58,975.
As standard, the A6 Sport will feature the Black Optic Package bringing a dark theme for the front grille and side mirror caps, among others. The A6 is also expected to have tinted headlights and heated power-folding mirrors, along with blind spot monitoring and the Pre Sense Rear system. The latter makes use of the radar sensors installed in the rear bumper to detect an imminent rear-end collision. When that happens, it closes the windows and sunroof, activates the hazard warning lights, and most importantly, it turns on the electrically powered pretensioners of the front seatbelts.
The new Sport trim is an attempt to try and boost sales of the A6, which have been decreasing in recent times in the United States. During January – August 2017, Audi delivered 10,567 units, or 12.7 percent less than in the same interval of last year. The difference is even more worrying when you look at the August sales, down by 29.6 percent to 1,380 units.
Having launched the new A8 flagship, the next order of business on Audi’s busy agenda is to introduce the new A7 Sportback. It will happen before the end of the year, quite possibly late November / early December at the Los Angeles Auto Show. As for the revamped A6, it will arrive sometime in 2018.
Note: 2017 Audi A6 Competition pictured.