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The next couple of years will see the release of three crucial models in the premium segment with BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi all expected to release new versions of their volume mid-level sedans. Audi will be the last to launch its revitalized model, with its next-gen Audi A6 set to arrive a year after the new BMW 5-series and Mercedes E-Class.
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The A6 will once again be released in both sedan and Avant wagon body styles and as these latest renderings show the new model will feature the same fluid lines as the new A5 and A4 models and will sport intricate LED headlights like those on the A3 Cabrio. At the rear will be angular shaped lights previewed by the 2007 Cross Cabriolet quattro concept.
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Under the new sheet metal will be an extended version of the modular platform used in the A4 but expect to see more exotic materials such as aluminum and magnesium employed to help save weight and improve dynamics. The engine lineup will likely mirror the A4 range but expect to see some new additions including a 300hp twin-turbo diesel V6 as well as a new TFSI V8 with around 430hp. The base model will remain FWD but AWD variants will feature the latest quattro torque vectoring systems, which distribute drive individually between each axle and between the rear wheels for improved traction and stability.
A concept version of the car is tipped to be unveiled next year before the production version debuts in late 2010.
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