German automaker has taken the wraps off its new Audi A6 Sedan ahead of its planned debut at the Detroit Auto Show. Like the Q5 Hybrid, the new Audi A6 uses a 155 kW (211 PS/208 hp) 2.0 TFSI petrol engine and a 33 kW (45 PS/44 hp) electric motor. This should give the sedan a combined output of 180 kW (245 PS/241 hp) and 480 Nm (354 lb-ft) of torque.
The electric motor of the Audi A6 hybrid is placed behind the TFSI taking the free space torque converter upstream of the modified 8-speed tiptronic transmission. The transmission of the Audi A6 hybrid sends torque to the front wheels. On electricity only, the Audi A6 hybrid is able to get to a top speed of 100 km/h (62.14 mph). Also when running on electricity only, the Audi A6 hybrid can go for 3 km at a constant speed of 60 km/h (37.28 mph).
Thanks to all the techno-wizardry, the 2012 Audi A6 will be able to sprint from 0-100 km/h in 7.3 seconds and hit a top speed of 238 km/h (148 mph). While these are mediocre figures, Audi expects an average fuel consumption rating of 6.2 L/100 km (38 US mpg) and CO2 emissions of 142 g/km.
The Audi A6 is shorter, lower and lighter than its predecessor, helping to drive fuel consumption down by up to 19 percent across the entire model line with the help of technologies such as start-stop engines, an energy recovery system and a thermal management concept.
Inside, the A6 offers an optional heads-up display for the windshield and the MMI computer system, a partnership with Google which pulls route data and images from Google Earth. The top of the hi-fi line is the Bang & Olufsen Advanced Sound System.
Audi A6 Hybrid will be officially launched at the North American International Motor Show, which runs January 10-23 in Detroit, Michigan. Delivery of the new Audi A6 will being in early 2011. Its base price in Germany is €38,500 ($51,500).