Audi A6 2012 debuts, hybrid model pending

James Raia

The 2012 Audi A6, a premium-midsize sedan, has been redesigned with new styling and a new gas/electric hybrid model.

Initial A6 models will come in a single 3.0T trim level with Audi’s quattro all-wheel drive and powered by a supercharged 300-horsepower 3.0-liter V6 engine.Audi A6 2012 debuts, hybrid model pending 1

The sole transmission is likely to be an 8-speed automatic. Due later in the 2012 model year is the A6 Hybrid. It pairs a 211-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine with a battery-powered electric motor for 245 horsepower total. It’s predicted efficiency will be 38 mpg and with an expected price of about $50,000.

The hybrid can run on one or both of its power sources to balance acceleration and fuel economy. No plug-in charging is required.Audi A6 2012 debuts, hybrid model pending 2

Audi might also introduce conventional gasoline and diesel 4-cylinder models for the U.S. market.

Safety features include ABS, traction control, antiskid system, curtain-side airbags, and front-and rear-side airbags. All A6 models have Audi’s MMI (Multi Media Interface) control that uses a console knob and switches, and a dashboard screen to adjust audio, climate, and other functions.

Among the available features are a navigation system, forward-collision warning, adaptive cruise control, head-up display, four-zone automatic climate control, and night-vision camera. An optional S line Package includes specific seats, interior, and exterior trim.

Editorial Source: Consumer Guide Automotive.

Article Last Updated: July 29, 2013.

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