New Audi A6 breaks cover

Audi has released the first details of its all-new A6 saloon. Expected in the UK in the spring, the German car maker has put considerable emphasis on reducing the car's weight, fuel consumption and emissions.

Audi has released the first details of its all-new A6 saloon. Expected in the UK in the spring, the German car maker has put considerable emphasis on reducing the car's weight, fuel consumption and emissions.

With trick composite aluminium and steel being used for the car's construction, Audi claims this A6 weighs around 15 percent less than an all-steel equivalent. As an indirect result, a 2.0-litre TDI diesel variant promises a fleet-friendly 129g/km CO2 and 57mpg-plus economy.

At launch there will be one petrol and four diesel engines, teamed with manual, multitronic or S tronic transmissions. Quattro permanent all-wheel drive will also be available. Order books open in January, with prices starting from 30,145.

Styled to compliment the recently launched A8 upper class saloon, Audi's new A6 offers a similar cabin ambience and look as its flagship limousine.

Two specification levels - SE and S line - will be available, each including alloy wheels, leather upholstery, cruise and front and rear parking controls, SD-based satellite navigation, Bluetooth phone preparation, split/folding rear seats and light and rain sensors.

S line models will add larger 18-inch alloy wheels, xenon headlamps with LED daytime running lamps, sports suspension, upgraded leather upholstery and exclusive S line exterior and interior styling details.

From the options list buyers will be able to choose features such as comfort seats with heating, cooling and massaging functions, acoustic glazing, leather trim for the centre console, a 15-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system, TV reception and various connectivity upgrades portable music devices.