Audi A6 2.0 TDI - Design Review
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Design Review of Audi A6 2.0 TDI
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The A6 has traded the subtle, understated design for an aggressive one that makes it the best looking Audi saloon in recent times. | Photography: Eshan Shetty.
It's not a hidden fact that BMW and Audi have been successfully challenging the supremacy of the Mercedes Benz E-class in India for quite a while now. While the BMW 5-series became known as an aggressive looking car, the Audi A6 has been the subtle and understated kind. The downside to that though was that many considered the older A6 to be too serious and boring. Audi seems to have acknowledged that fact, for now there is new A6 - and this time the letter 'A' stands for aggression!
The face now has a striking new design. It sports a big hexagonal grille at the centre and the bumpers are more aggressive with the clawed-in appliqués at either corner. The fog-lamps are included with the headlight assembly and while the base trim comes with conventional projector-beam headlights, you can also have an all-LED package. However, it not only sets you back by a big chunk of money, it will also give your A6 a zombified look. But that said, it is the design of the front-end that contributes heavily to the new found aggression of the A6.
The side profile still sports clean, straight-ish lines. Since the new A6 finally adopts Volkswagen's Modular Longitudinal Platform, the front wheels have moved forward marginally. This gives the car a 3-inch longer wheelbase - and makes the cabin appear longer. The A6 does not adopt a stylish, coupe-ish roofline design because that would simply make the A7 look pointless – and therefore this car still has the classic boxy design that you would expect from a corporate saloon.
The taillights of the new A6 have a shape that is similar to that of the headlights. It gets the seamless LED strips that look modern and the prominent crease that connects the two taillight units makes sure that the tailgate doesn't look drab. The car we have tested here wears the 2.0 TDI badge and apart from this monogram on the tail and the absence of the ‘quattro’ badge on the grille, there is no other way to differentiate the base A6 from the rest in the line-up.
The new A6 is not understated anymore and that could make the A6 purists shy away from this model – especially from the one with the LED headlights. However, the new A6 does look more innovative as compared to the E or the 5 and is therefore becoming a popular sight in corporate spaces.
First Published on 07:04 pm, May 29, 2012