Video: Upcoming: 2012 Audi A6

Audi has just released official photos and details of their totally redesigned A6 sedan, which is set to be released sometime early next year. With styling that makes it a dead ringer for a smaller A8 (this was intended), the new A6 is more of an evolution of Audi design, rather than a revolutionary styling coup. Come to think of it, it doesn't look much different than the current model. Underneath, however, it's composed of plenty of lightweight aluminum and high-tech steel components.

It's powered by a choice of several engines, with gasoline, diesel and hybrid all being options. Gasoline engine choices include a 2.8-liter with 204 hp and a 300 hp supercharged 3.0-liter TFSI, which is carried over from last year and gets 27 mpg. The former engine will most likely not be offered in the US. For diesel fans, a 2.0-liter TDI achieving 48 mpg will be offered along with two 3.0-lieter diesels. One is a 204 hp with 295 lb-ft of torque and the second is a top-of-the-line 245 hp with 386 lb-ft of torque that's rated at nearly 40 mpg and will hit 60 mph in just 6.1 seconds.

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A hybrid version, powered by a 2.0 TFSI engine and paired with an electric motor with an eight-speed automatic transmission, will launch at a later date. The hybrid will be able to run on pure electric power at speeds up to 62 mph. Various transmissions will also be offered, such as a six-speed manual, a CVT, and a seven-speed S-tronic automatic, along with the eight-speed automatic in the hybrid. The interior has a "wrap around" look, which encircles the driver and front-seat passenger.

As typical for Audi, the interior is made from the finest materials such as an innovative layered-wood veneer. On the technical end, a UMTS module can pull images and information from Google Earth up on to the navigation screen monitor, which can be controlled by a touchpad.

A top-of-the-line Bang & Olufsen Advanced Sound System is also available. Perhaps the most Audi-esque trait are the all-LED high-performance headlights. US pricing hasn't been announced yet, but Audi states the German base price will be €38,500, roughly $50,100.

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