In a world that is constantly changing it must be nice if you only need to make simple choices. It seems like every gadget and every bit of technology is being constantly upgraded, updated, and then replaced. Just keeping track of the latest options is almost a full-time job. Unless that is, you decide to lease yourself something from the new Audi A6 or Audi A7 range.
Audi’s new product strategy is designed to simplify the model range by offering you more standard specification and simpler options packages. The latest A6 and A7 model lines have now been brought into the updated Audi portfolio making the choice of a premium car a little bit simpler.
In addition to newly designed trim lines with new-look front and rear designs, the luxury-class models now feature bold interior and exterior colours, new wheel designs, and upgraded standard equipment.
The A6 and A7 models centre around just three core specification levels for standard models and two for the performance-centred S versions.
The standard A6 and A7 model lines now comprise just three trim levels - Sport, S line, and Black Edition. The range of engines on offer remains the same, but the updated models now come with a higher basic specification that includes Matrix LED headlights, electric seats with memory driver function, and camera-based traffic sign recognition.
Both cars have had their front grilles redesigned with a new honeycomb structure defining the front end. The rear end has also had a small makeover too.
Entry-level ‘Sport’ A6 models have the new grille finished in black, while the other trims come with chrome grille inserts. The air intakes on either side of the A6’s front bumper have also been redesigned. On the A6, the rear diffuser has been redesigned with diffuser blades painted Platinum Gray, while on the A7 they are finished in Chrome. Additionally, mid-range S line versions of the A6 also feature widened side sills, 19-inch wheels, and sport suspension.
The line-up for the performance-focused S models has also been revised with the entry point starting with Black Edition. Vorsprung remains the flagship specification. The powerful S6 and S7 models are also enhanced with the updated grille design, and on the S6, the quad exhaust finish has been removed from the rear bumper.
You can also now choose from a total of 12 exterior colours.
For the first time, the A6/A7 portfolio includes Arcona White and Madeira Brown Metallic. Grenadine Red Metallic and Ascari Blue Metallic are also available for the S models and the S line trims.
The changes extend to the cabin as well, where the dashboard and roof lining are now finished in black. The multifunction sport leather steering wheel with shift paddles features contrasting stitching, including steering wheel grips in perforated leather. The footrest and pedals are now stainless steel too. The S line interior boasts seats upholstered in Dinamica microfiber/leather combination with S embossing on the front seat backrests. The front and rear door sill trims with aluminium inlays are also illuminated and feature S lettering in the front.
Adding more equipment to the standard specification has also allowed Audi to simplify the options list – just in case you fancy a little bit more from your lease car. Two options packages - Technology Pack and Technology Pack Pro – will now be available for all Sport, S line and Black Edition models.
The Technology Pack
This pack includes a Bang & Olufsen Premium Sound System, multi-coloured extended LED interior lighting, 360-degree camera with top view, Park Assist with Parking aid plus and a Head-up display.
Technology Pack Pro
Building on the Technology Pack’s equipment is the Technology Pack Pro which adds four-zone climate control, a panoramic sunroof, USB-c in the rear, heated rear seats, Advance Key, and Parking Assist Plus with a remote parking function.
If you opt for the S6 or S7 the first technology pack is already included in the standard specification, and the Pro package becomes a little bit cheaper for some reason known only to Audi.
With only a handful of trim levels to choose from, the biggest decision you’re going to face is whether to opt for the sleek looks of the A7 or the additional space you’ll find in the A6. In an increasingly complicated world, at least Audi is doing its bit to offer you a relatively simple choice.
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