Shortly after the local arrival of the svelte and very beautiful Audi A6, the Ingolstadt-based firm has released details of its Avant version… Expect to see it here during the second half of 2005.

Shortly after the local arrival of the svelte and very beautiful Audi A6, the Ingolstadt-based firm has released details of its Avant version… Expect to see it here during the second half of 2005.

Measuring 4,93 metres long, 1,86 metres wide and 1,46 metres high, this Avant maintains classic Audi dimensions with its crisp styling and dynamic lines. Basic proportions and light designs take their cues from other five-door models, namely the A4 Avant and A3 Sportback. It has the single frame grille depicting the new family face of Audi.

The new Avant has two securing rails buried into the floor of the 1,05 metre wide load area. There are four sliding, adjustable and lockable lashing eyes which, along with the standard luggage net, can be used to secure luggage items of most sizes.

Bag hooks are integrated into the luggage compartment, with an additional luggage net on one side and an optional lockable side compartment.

The load area floor itself can be folded up and locked into different positions to divide the load area. The raised floor prevents loose objects from sliding around, but also provides access to the lower load area into which a large, easy-to-clean plastic tray has been integrated.

For the first time on an Avant, pressing a button on the car key opens and closes the tailgate, and the required opening angle can be varied, too.

The A6 Avant will be launched with a choice of five engines installed longitudinally - three petrol and two TDI power units.

Power units are a 4,2-litre V8 producing 246 kW and 420 N.m, a 3,2-litre V6 FSI developing 188 kW and 330 N.m and a 2,4 V6 producing 130 kW and 230 N.m. Diesel versions include a 3,0-litre V6 capable of producing 165 kW and 450 N.m, and a 2,7 V6 that develops 132 kW and 380 N.m.

Engine options for South Africa are still under consideration.