Audi A6 and A7 get a fresh face and upgraded equipment

Order soon for delivery this summer.

2017 Audi A6
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It's been six years since the introduction of the Audi A6 and A7, but the automaker isn't ready to replace them just yet. So, in order to keep up with fresher competition, Ingolstadt has given its mid-range lineup a bit of a refresh. That includes not only a subtle facelift, but some new equipment, as well.

The refreshed models benefit from new front-end styling, side sills, rear bumpers, and rear diffusers that look incrementally sharper than the existing versions. The updated interior features LED ambient lighting, with new trim options to join the expanded range of exterior colors and wheel choices. The infotainment system has been upgraded, and there are tablets mounted to the seatbacks to keep rear-seat passengers entertained.

The sum total definitely falls in the evolutionary rather than revolutionary category. But they promise to help attract customers to Audi showrooms who might otherwise be lured towards the newer Mercedes E-Class, Cadillac CTS, Jaguar XF, or Maserati Ghibli, while keeping pace with the BMW 5 Series and Lexus GS that are growing just as long in the tooth.

The updates are applied not only to base A6 and A7 models, but also to the Allroad Quattro and the S6 and S7 performance models. Audi says these refreshed cars will be available to order soon for delivery in the summer, and best of all, it hasn't raised the sticker prices in the process.

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04/22/16 Ingolstadt
New look and new equipment – Audi A6 and A7 getting even more attractive

- New highlights for exterior and interior and for equipment
- Even more connectivity and entertainment on offer
- Comprehensive equipment package for the Audi A6 allroad quattro

Audi is making its full-size A6 and A7 Sportback* car lines even more exclusive. The exterior of the Sedan and Avant is set to become a touch sharper, with all models featuring interior enhancements and new equipment. There is a new, comprehensive equipment package for the A6 allroad quattro*. The updated full-size family is available to order worldwide soon. Deliveries will take place in the summer.

Quality, design and technology – those are the key selling points for Audi full-size models. With the start of the new model year, the brand is further enhancing its models. On the exterior, changes to the front end of the cars accentuate horizontality: The Audi A6* and Audi A6 Avant* feature bold contours that surround the air inlets in the new front apron, and struts in high-gloss black that divide the lateral ventilation grilles horizontally. The side sill and rear bumper are also more angular in shape. A new diffuser provides the finishing touch to the lower rear end.

With the optional S line exterior package, the A6 models display a new radiator grille with a corpus painted matt black. The slats are finished in gloss chrome. Striking chrome struts accentuate the side air inlets; versions with adaptive cruise control are also adorned with chrome rings.

Two new, bold paint colors – matador red and Gotland green – introduce fresh notes to the color range of the Audi A6 and Audi A7 car lines; Gotland green is also available for the S models. The color Java brown – previously exclusive to the Audi A6 allroad – is now also available for the Audi A6, A6 Avant and A7 Sportback. There are two new wheel designs available for the Sedan and Avant, and three for the A7 Sportback.

LED lighting introduces new highlights to the interior and the luggage compartment of the updated A6 and A7 along with the corresponding S models. As options, Audi offers new inlays in Aluminum Ellipse silver and fine grain birch natural agate gray. The latter is also available for the Audi S6* and Audi S7*. It can also be ordered in Aluminum Ellipse bronze for the A6 allroad.

There are options that bring even more connectivity and entertainment on board for all A6 and A7 models. The Audi smartphone interface puts the customized environments Apple Car Play and Android Auto on the MMI monitor. Other new features in the A6 and A7 are the inductive charging function of the Audi phone box. It charges suitable cell phones to Qi standard. To keep the rear passengers entertained, there are two Audi tablets that connect to the car and can also be used away from it. This equipment is also a new addition to the range for the S models.For the A6 allroad quattro, Audi adopts striking visual differentiating features to reinforce its off-road character. The extensive Advanced package is available as an option for all engine versions. On the exterior, it includes the new paint finish Soho brown and the new color structure gray for the add-on parts. 20-inch wheels and quattro permanent all-wheel drive with sport differential add the finishing touches to its powerful presence. Inside, the package includes sport seats upholstered in high-end Valcona leather. The color Santos brown with new silver contrasting stitching harmonizes with inlays in Aluminum Ellipse silver and fine grain birch natural agate gray. The floor mats are in velour.

Audi's upgraded full-size family is available to order worldwide soon. Deliveries will take place in the summer.

There has been no increase in the starting prices.

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