- First four-cylinder A7 Sportback 40 TDI in UK
- A6 sedan and A6 Avant also become available for September
- Digital controls, comprehensive connectivity, mild hybrid tech
LONDON, England – The latest Audi four-cylinder TDI engines are all set to power the two-litre, 150kW 40 TDI in the A6 Saloon, Avant and A7 Sportback – the first four-cylinder to be mounted in the five-door coupe.
Audi is promising ”a level of pace and polish that befits each executive model range with a degree of efficiency that will be reflected in favourable calculations for business users”.
All versions will for now have front-wheel-drive; AWD will arrive later in 2018 for all models – described as ”the latest, ultra-efficient quattro-on-demand tech capable of channeling drive to the rear wheels in a split-second”.
Audi UK adds: ”The engine’s torque-rich response and refinement, coupled with the acclaimed noise suppression of the A6 and A7 Sportback, seem to be at odds with its potential to return 4.5 litres/100km (A6 Saloon on 18” rims).
”The A6 Avant and A7 Sportback share a combined potential of 4.7 litres/100km (A6 Avant with 18” rims) and A7 Sportback with 19” rims).”
The A6 sedan 40 TDI can reach 100km/h in 8.1sec (8.3 for the Avant and A7 Sportback) through an advanced direct injection TDI and seven-speed S tronic transmission, and can continue to a top speed of 244km/h (A6 Avant 40 TDI 240km/h, A7 Sportback 244km/h).
A new mild hybrid drivetrain (MHEV), standard on all A6 and A7 Sportback models, uses a belt alternator starter (BAS) connected to the crankshaft which, in this application, can recover as much as five kW during deceleration periods and store it in a separate lithium-ion battery housed in boot.
If the driver goes foot-off between 55 and 160km/h the 40 TDI can coast with the engine idling; put foot and the BAS will restore power quickly and smoothly. ”Equally important,” Audi says, ”this near-seamless activation and deactivation make progress feel even more relaxed.
‘ABSOLUTE COMFORT’ PROMISED
”The A6 sedan, Avant and A7 Sportback 40 TDI have the same high level as their six-cylinder counterparts, bringing out the very best in the carefully but comprehensively updated body and integrating the latest Audi technology as unobtrusively as possible to preserve the focus on luxury and absolute comfort.”
Communications in the new A6 is controlled by a new MMI touch-response using concept based around a 22cm touchscreen complemented by MMI Navigation. A 26cm upper screen houses a fully digital Audi Virtual Cockpit and Audi Phone Box with wireless charging for QI-enabled phones – all of which are standard to the A7 Sportback.
Online Audi Connect services are also included on a renewable three-year subscription and have been expanded to include voice recognition and personal route assistant. All models, regardless of body, have Audi’s smartphone interface.
Driving assistants include parking and a rear camera, head-on impact warning and auto braking, and lane-keeping.
LOTS OF DRIVING ASSISTANCE
Another 39 ”assistants” will become available, split into three packages: Parking (due for introduction in 2019), City Assist (with front Cross Traffic Assist) and Tour – that last including an efficiency assistant and adaptive cruise control which includes following distance and lane-keeping.
A6 and A7 S Line versions will have leathered sport seats instead of the standard leather units. S Line adds perforated leather for the steering wheel, stainless-steel pedals and other S Line -specific identifiers.
The A6 Sport will have 18”alloy wheel rims and diode front and rear light clusters and the A6 S Line, with its lower sport suspension, rides on 19” alloy rims and has S Line body detailing and adaptive Matrix diode headlights.
For the A7 Sport, 19” alloy rims will be standard; A7 S Line models gain HD Matrix headlights with dynamic front and rear indicators and coming/leaving home animations, numerous exterior S line styling enhancements, and a 20” wheel upgrade.
VARIOUS DRIVE PROFILES
Composure, but also control, were the key targets influencing the design of the suspension concept for the new A6 and A7 40 TDI.
The driver can use the Audi drive select system to activate various drive profiles in which the differentiation between comfort and dynamic options is more pronounced than in the previous models.
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