2019 Audi A6 revealed: the key(less) to new luxury? Page 2

Smartphone tech

The A6 features Audi's newest MMI infotainment system, cribbed from the A7. A 12.3-inch driver information cluster will be available in the A6 and can complement a 10.1-inch touchscreen for infotainment and an 8.6-inch touchscreen for climate controls, when equipped.

Screen size isn't the only trick in the A6; in Europe, the sedan can be started without a key—just an Android smartphone.

It's unclear if that last feature makes the trip across the pond but it's worth noting that when the 2019 Audi A8 was announced, it included self-driving features that weren't yet entirely legal for U.S. roads. Audi, along with other carmakers, led a congressional push for exceptions that paved the way for those features in the A8.

Aside from acts of Congress, the A6 includes available safety features such as active lane control and adaptive cruise control, parking assist, vehicle-to-infrastructure hardware, and a raft of sensors and cameras that could help the A6 avoid crashes.

Inside, the A6 is larger with more room for passengers and cargo, and interior lighting in up to 30 different shades. Audi notes that the trunk of the A6 will hold two golf bags simultaneously.

2019 Audi A6

2019 Audi A6

Looks to chill

The A6 sports conservative styling next to the A7, and the overall look is evolutionary for the sedan. Following cues from the A4 and A5, the A6 is sharper than its predecessor with deeper creases and a bulging hood.

Audi skipped the A4/A5's clamshell hood opening for the A6, but the larger sedan offers exterior lighting borrowed from tonier models. The A6 has its own lighting "signature" in the front and rear that takes cues from the larger cars, although it's unclear if the A6 will offer the same startup routine as the bigger sedans.

The A6 should make a showroom appearance later this year. Pricing information will be announced closer to the market launch.

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