It follows a recent refresh of the full-size A8 sedan.
Earlier this month, the Audi A8 was updated for a mid-cycle facelift with sharper styling, upgraded cabin tech, and an ultra-luxurious A8 L Horch exclusively for the Chinese market. Less than a month later, testing has begun for the refreshed Audi A6. The current-generation A6 was introduced back in 2018, so the time is right for a facelift. For the first time, our spies have caught Audi testing the updated A6 close to the automaker's Ingolstadt factory showing the styling changes we can expect to see.
Whereas the A8 was updated with redesigned headlights available with Audi's optional Digital Matrix LED technology, the A6's headlights appear to have the same shape as the current model's with updated graphics.
Camouflage applied to the front and rear fascias suggests the bumpers will be redesigned. The front bumper features redesigned air intakes and we expect the grille will be tweaked to freshen up the styling. At the back, the rear lights also have new graphics and OLED taillights will likely be optional. New exterior colors could also be added to the options list, and the spied A6 prototype is equipped with the S-line exterior package.
No photos of the interior are available yet, but we aren't expecting any major changes. This means the A6 facelift will be equipped with a 10.1-inch touchscreen display running the latest software and a 12.3-inch gauge cluster.
Likewise, engine options from the 2022 Audi A6 will likely carry over including a 261-horsepower 2.0-liter turbo and a 335-hp 3.0-liter V6 turbo. The more powerful Audi S6, which packs a 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 rated at 444 hp, will get the same updates. Both models are expected to debut in 2022 and go on sale for the 2023 model year.
The timing is ideal as the Mercedes E-Class was recently refreshed and spy shots have shown an updated BMW 5 Series is just around the corner.