When the 2019 Audi A6 arrives, it will come with a full line of electrified powerplants.
It’s a big boost in tech and efficiency for Audi’s midsize executive express. That it happens to bring more power along for the ride is a pretty good bonus.
The A6 will arrive with a pair of 3.0L V6 engines. One a diesel, one gas. Both get Audi’s new 48-volt mild hybrid system that uses a belt-driven starter-alternator that the brand says will boost fuel economy by 0.7 L/100 km – around 0.3 gallons per 100 miles – in the real world. The system can recover up to 12 kW under braking and stores the power in a small lithium-ion battery.
The mild hybrid system lets the car shut off the gas engine and coast fuel-free at speeds between 34 and 100 mph, with start-stop at speeds under 14 mph. The gas engine will make 340 hp and 369 lb-ft, while the diesel does 286 hp and 457 lb-ft. Audi says that they will offer similar performance, hitting 60 mph in around five seconds.
Later a 2.0L diesel four will be introduced and that engine will get a hybrid system as well. That one will be a 12-volt system that will offer a much smaller range of electric-only performance.
The new A6 will also be available with the same radar, ultrasonic, lidar and camera tech that will allow the A7 and A8 to have Level 3 autonomous capability. While the software and regulations to allow that are some distance out, the A6 still gets some new autonomous features.
One of those is a parking assistant that functions as your own personal valet. Using the myAudi app the A6 can find a space and park itself, even in a parking garage.