Audi is sneaking in ahead of the Geneva motor show rush with studio images of what it promises is the sportiest A6 it has ever designed. Promising more luxury and refinement than ever before, the fifth-generation A6 is about to launch a much-needed attack on BMW’s 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz’s rampant E-Class limousine. To be launched in SA in the first quarter of 2019, the A6 will be heavily based on the just-launched A7. Positioned midway between the A7 and the A8 limousine, the A6 will carry over the bulk of the A7’s critically acclaimed interior design, but with a greater focus on luxury than its sportier stablemate. It will all be packaged into a car that’s longer and wider than before, with a 12mm stretch in the wheelbase, a 13mm lift in rear passenger legroom and a 21mm longer cabin area. Like its traditional domestic German foes, it’s switching touchscreen operation for its new, larger infotainment system. It’s all based around a new electronic architecture designed to suppor...

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