2018 Audi A6 to get the same stand-alone capacity driving the A8

The new Audi A6 will be equipped with the same self-driving technology that was pioneered on the A8 when it goes on sale in the month of April.

The fifth generation of the executive sedan will be capable oflevel 3 autonomous driving, where it is allowed. Level three, according to the six levels of the scale of self-leadership skills established by the automotive engineering organisation SAE International, means conditional ‘automation’.

In this state, the car is able to control most aspect of driving and monitoring of the road, but the driver must always be ready to intervene when necessary. The Audi A8 was the first production car to feature the technology when it was launched at the beginning of this year.

The new A6 is code-named ‘C8’ to Audi and thank you for being revealed to the public at the Geneva motor show in March 2018 – and will follow the new design language inaugurated the new A7 and A8. Inside, the A6 gets the same dashboard and interior fixtures, such as the A7.

Photographs of the car in testing show a production-ready and the head and tail-lights the same way with intricate designs for the A7. They side angular grille and more aggressive face of the family. The exterior details follow the trend of the design used on all the cars from the time that the Q7 has launched Audi new style of leadership back in 2015.

The new A6 will share its foundations with the A7, which means that you will be subject to a slight increase in size compared to the previous model. A choice of front-wheel or four-wheel-drive transmissions will be offered, and the last Four system, fitted to the A4 and A8, enter in the function.

Power will come from four-cylinder 2.0-liter, 3.0-liter V6 4.0 liter V8 engines, with two plug-in hybrid variants planned. These are the electric motors to supplement a four-cylinder and V6 petrol, even if these derivatives are expected to be more popular in the USA and in China and in Europe. Plans for a diesel-electric hybrid powertrain have been scrapped.

The sporty S6 will not be launched until 2019, but when it does the engine will be downsized from 4.0-liter V8 seen in the current machine 2.9-litre V6, as used in the RS4 Avant and the RS 5, as well as the Porsche Panamera S. the S6 is capable of producing in excess of 450bhp; most of the 444bhp of the RS4 Avant.

A RS6 will not arrive until 2020, with the BMW M5 rival to be said, turns into a huge and powerful plug-in hybrid share the same powertrain as the 671bhp Porsche Panamera S E Hybrid.

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Jimi Beckwith and Greg Kable