The Next Audi A6
Another image from photochopper extraordinaire Andrei Avarvarii: the next Audi A6. Ingolstadt's due to release the mid-size model around the end of the decade. The new car continues the usual A6 features like six side windows and relatively short deck, along with Audi's now trademark [s]gaping maw[/s] grille. The new A6 will be a bit more angular than the current model, incorporating styling cues from the new A4 and A5 models, with a touch of R8 in the headlights. In Europe, a range of diesel and petrol engines will motorvate the Audi. There's no official word on which powerplants Audi will offer its American clientele. Expect to see similar but sleeker styling on the soon-to-follow A7 "four-door coupe."
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Ouch, don't really like that impression. then again, don't like the new A4 that much either. At least not the sedan. The setup with 3 sidewindows and that low beltline just doesn't look right. Kind of like the Ford 500, I mean Taurus. Not that I see those around in Europe much, and by not much I mean never. which is a good tradeoff for the Mondeo though. Still, in Europe at least the wagons are always the ones to go for. I particularly like the current A6 wagon and the pre facelift A4 wagon of the soon to be replaced current model. The A6 is killing the 5 series and especially E-class here in most countries. Don't know the figures for Europe as a whole, the southern states might be somewhat more conservative in this aspect. But I understand Audi (dealerships) still has some image problems in the US. Which is good for BMW.
All I know is that the combination of Bangle sheet metal, Audi gaping maw grills, and Mercedes owner horror stories is keeping many of the people I speak with out of the dealerships. Of course, the manufacturers will all say its about home prices, but it's not. It's about value and aesthetics. I may have to buy the next generation new, or go with a Porsche or Jeep (classics) to avoid the present ugly situation.
Perhaps thats just the reflection of light, but it looks a bit two tone on the bottom, i hope its that way cause it looks amazing. props to audi.
The "gaping maw/grille" is a fabulous piece of styling, and anybody who thinks it's ugly has absolutely no taste or sense of design. In fact, I would go so far as to say that anybody who doesn't like it is a...oh, wait, I can't say the M word here.