2019 Audi A6 Goes Higher-Tech for a Higher Price

2019 Audi A6

The brainier new Audi A6 mid-size luxury sedan — boasting new multimedia, driver assist and engine technology — will start at $59,895 for the base Premium trim level, including an increased $995 destination charge. That's up $2,420 from a starting price of $57,475 with $975 destination for a comparable 2018 A6 Premium model with the V-6 and all-wheel drive.

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The redesigned 2019 Audi A6 shares an updated look and technology with the redone 2019 A7 hatchback, and both are on a new platform shared with the new 2019 flagship A8 sedan. The 2019 A6 will launch with a lighter 335-horsepower, turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 that is assisted by a new 48-volt light-hybrid system with regenerative brakes to help charge a lithium-ion battery. The V-6 is paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic and Audi's Quattro all-wheel-drive system.

The slightly larger and roomier 2019 also gets a new multimedia system that scraps the old rotary dial controller and almost all the dashboard buttons in favor of a pair of high-definition touchscreens that control everything from infotainment to cabin climate. An upper 10.1-inch display does the multimedia work, while the 8.6-inch lower display has climate and comfort controls, and also can be used for text inputs for the system by drawing letters on the screen. The system also incorporates "natural language" voice control that lets you, for example, tell it to turn down the air conditioning. A head-up display and an additional 12.3-inch screen for a configurable instrument display are available. Also available is a system that can charge your phone remotely. Cars.com tried out the new multimedia control system in an A7, and you can see our report here.

The new A6 also boasts a long list of standard and available advanced safety and driver assistance technology using up to 24 radar, camera and laser sensors. Functions include adaptive cruise control, lane-centering steering assist, automatic emergency braking, systems that help prevent collisions at intersections or when turning left, matrix-design LED headlights and a 360-degree camera system.

The 2019 A6 at launch also will have Premium Plus and Prestige trim levels, but not the Sport trim level offered for 2018. The Premium Plus will start at $63,695, an increase of $4,020 over a 2018 Premium Plus V-6 with all-wheel drive. The Prestige model will start $5,720 higher at $68,095. The 2019 A6 will go on sale later this year; we expect additional trims and variants to include less expensive four-cylinder and front-wheel-drive models.

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