Audi's A6 Avant Now Available Locally

BY Azfar Hashim

The latest wagon in Audi's local stable promises an array of options; available in both 2.0-liter and 3.0-liter guises

Photos courtesy of Audi Singapore


Ultra-lightweight construction, technically fascinating options and ground-breaking designs – the new Audi A6 Avant is a continuation of the A6 success story, striving to set the trend in the premium station wagon category in Singapore.

The design of the newest model reflects lightness and modern elegance; It is every bit as characteristic for Audi as the sporty proportions. The Audi A6 Avant measures 4.93 meters in length and 1.87 meters in width, but only 1.46 meters in height. Its wheelbase has grown to 2.91 meters, a big gain over the previous model.

The optional LED headlights, which uses LED for all functions, are another innovative feature. They make the front end - with the single-frame grille featuring angular upper corners and high-gloss black struts - even more distinctive. The xenon plus headlights, optionally available either on their own or integrated into the adaptive light system with variable headlight range control, provide excellent illumination of the road in any situation. The xenon plus units and the LED headlights are combined with LED rear lights.

A new composite construction concept makes the body of the Audi A6 Avant highly rigid, safe and unusually light. Many components of the occupant cell are fabricated from high-strength steels. The strut braces in the engine compartment and the bolt-on body components are made of aluminium and comprise roughly 20 percent of the body. The concept represents the transition to the innovative 'Multimaterial Space Frame', with which Audi is opening a new chapter in lightweight body construction. The body of the A6 Avant is roughly 30 kilograms lighter than that of the previous model. Depending on the engine, the complete car is as much as 70 kilograms lighter than the predecessor.

The luggage compartment of the new Audi A6 Avant has a capacity of 565 liters. Its loading lip is low, and the split rear seat backs can be easily folded down using the remote seat back release on the sides of the trunk to increase luggage capacity to 1,680 liters. Lashing eyes, side restraining straps, bag hooks, a double cargo floor, a rail luggage fixing system, a dirt-resistant tray and roof rails are standard. Audi offers additional details as options — a load-through hatch, a fixing set that uses two standard rails in the cargo floor, and a power rear hatch with an integrated power luggage compartment cover. Making its debut in the Audi A6 Avant is the gesture-based control of the power hatch in combination with the convenience key: If the driver stands behind the car and makes a specific movement with his or her foot, two sensors open the hatch.

The accessories program includes many special features for transporting sports and recreational equipment, from a partition grille to a bicycle rack. The new large Avant is a powerful towing vehicle, with a rated towing capacity of 2,100 kilograms.

In Singapore, the Audi A6 Avant will be offered with the award-winning 2.0 TFSI engine rated at 170bhp and the supercharged 3.0 TFSI producing 300bhp. All of the engines in the new Audi A6 Avant uses the technologies of the Audi modular efficiency platform, including the start-stop system, the recuperation system and the innovative thermal management system that quickly brings the coolant and motor oil up to their operating temperatures. These novel solutions are a major reason why fuel consumption has been reduced by up to 18 percent compared to the previous model.

The 2.0 TFSI delivers its power to the front wheels while the V6 unit is offered with all-wheel drive. The latest evolution of the quattro permanent all-wheel drive system used in the new A6 Avant features a crown-gear center differential and torque vectoring for superior dynamics, traction and stability. Upon request, Audi will equip all quattro versions with the sport differential, which distributes the power in continuously variable proportions between the rear wheels.

One groundbreaking option from Audi are the new features that are combined under the keyword 'Audi connect'. With its UMTS module, the Bluetooth online car phone delivers the Internet to the A6 Avant. Special services are available in collaboration with Google. The graphics card in the navigation system, for example, integrates images and information from Google Earth with the navigation route. A Wi-Fi hotspot provides contact to mobile devices on board.

The Audi A6 Avant is priced at $231,538 for the 2.0 TFSI and $315,538 for the 3.0 TFSI.