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The Audi A6 Is About To Become Much More Affordable

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If you are willing to have less power, that is.

When Audi first revealed the all-new A6 sedan for the 2019 model year, it was only available with one engine option in the United States - a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 producing 335 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque (paired with a 48V mild hybrid system) driving Quattro all-wheel-drive through a seven-speed dual clutch transmission. We tested this drivetrain and found it to be remarkably smooth but lacking a fun factor.

Starting price for a 2019 V6 A6 is $58,900 but we knew Audi would eventually release a more affordable version. Audi has now released the 2019 A6 with a 2.0-liter TFSI option, which will be cheaper than the current V6 model.

The new A6 2.0T produces 248 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque, which is identical to the outgoing car on the torque side but actually offers four fewer hp than before. Power goes out to AWD through the same seven-speed dual clutch found in the V6 model and the 0-60 mph time remains identical to the outgoing four-cylinder A6 at 6.1 seconds (the V6 car does it in 5.1 seconds for reference).

As standard, the A6 2.0T includes LED headlights, high beam assist, lane departure warning, three-zone automatic climate control, and heated leather seats with eight-way power front seats and four-way power lumbar adjustment. Audi's MMI touch response system comes standard and Audi virtual cockpit with Google Earth integration is optional.

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Pricing for the A6 2.0T starts at $54,100 for the base Premium model or $57,800 for the Premium Plus (both prices exclude a $995 destination charge). Compared to the V6 model, the 2.0T is $4,800 cheaper in the Premium trim level and $4,900 cheaper in the Premium Plus trim.

Fuel economy figures for the 2.0-liter engine have not been released but will likely be more efficient than the V6 with its ratings of 22/29/25 mpg city/highway/combined. Audi wants the A6 to set sales records and this new entry-level variant should help the German automaker sell more units.