The eighth-generation Audi A6 has emerged. It was unveiled in Germany early in 2018, but it seems to have taken more time for Korea due to the issue of certification. The Audi A6 comes from Audi 100, which went on sale in 1968, and Audi will change its original naming method to A6 from the C4 model's Face Lift model when it begins to attach the number related to engine power, such as 80, 100, 200 and so on, based on body size from 1994.
Thus, based on the Audi 100, today’s A6 becomes the eighth-generation model. Audi will start to use the characteristic Mono-frame radiator grille from the sixth-generation model. However, starting with the C5 model, which was introduced in 1998, the body design has already started to look innovative. Of course, although the C5 has not yet been equipped with a mono-frame, it can be seen that the design of the front of the vehicle has already been prepared for the mono-frame application.
The impact of the design of the mono-frame radiator grille, which started to be applied from the C6 model, was significant. Most car makers have grown the size of the radiator grille along Audi’s mono-frame. Audi’s mono-frames were also inverted trapezoidal shapes with rounded edges in the early days, while the C7 model changed the corner into a diagonal shape, before turning into a hexagon when it came to the current eighth-generation model. Of course, the overall size has also expanded.
The eighth-generation A6 is the size of a subcompact vehicle, with 4,950 mm in length, 1,885 mm in width, 1,460 mm in electricity and 2,924 mm in accumulators. The nation is equipped with 18-inch wheels, which can be applied up to 20 inches, and in that case, the image on the side of the body shows a very robust example.
The most noticeable thing in the design of the latest Audi vehicle, along with the mono-frame radiator grille, is also the headlamp design using LEDs. Audi is also a maker that is using lighting as one of the design elements of the vehicle, as it has already created a design organization dedicated to lighting, almost the first of its kind among them. In that context, the lighting patterns of daytime running lights, which are now essential equipment for most passenger cars, have become a big part of the vehicle’s design image.
The reason why lighting can be used as a single design element is due to the development of light source technology, which is represented by LEDs. Before LEDs were used, headlamps needed reflectors of a certain size and lenses. That is why the design freedom of the headlamps was not great, but since the development of LEDs, the design freedom of the lamp style has increased significantly as such structural constraints have almost disappeared.
Based on the design freedom of such lamp styles, the images back and forth end up with digital impressions where straight lines are the keynote. Tail lamps also have geometric and digital images using LEDs. What’s slightly surprising about the back of the new A6 is the two tail pipe Ganis installed in the bumper, which is an ornamental rather than an actual tail pipe. So you can see that the black part is blocked. Come to think of it, pulling out the actual exhaust with a bumper may be a tricky factor in the design of the silencer and bumper. Therefore, the tail pipe may only be attached as an ornament for a high-performance image.
While character lines with sharp edges pass by, character lines with different volumes at the front and rear fender sections show an impression of muscle mass while also showing a sharp image. Perhaps this formative technique is an image of digital muscle mass.
Interior dashboard may have been the most benefited part of digital technology. Both the center fascia and the front console are equipped with touch interfaces, while the driver's cluster has a display panel capable of implementing a full due diligence image, called Audi's own virtual cockpit. Therefore, the cluster can choose from a fully analog-style design to a simultaneous display of navigation maps, an advantage of which could also increase the accuracy and visibility of displays as all of the required physical instrument cluster and needle parts disappear from past analog methods.
The Audi A6, which has reached the evolution of the eighth generation, shows a German sedan featuring dynamism. However, the A6 advocates the nature of a business sedan, not a family sedan, so it cannot be said that the residential nature of the rear seats is central. There will be one day that such characteristics are different from those of the local semi-large-size sedan. If Korean cars are sedans regardless of the segment of the vehicle, it may be because they are used together by their families.
Even if the latest trend is for most sedans to seek sportiness regardless of the nature of their vehicles, German passenger cars may be more driving-oriented. And if the internal/external design that can show such driveability is the style character of German cars, Audi, unlike other Mercedes or BMW, is showing a sense-oriented design based on more linear formations in its internal/external design.