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"Perhaps the most exciting addition is the 3.0-litre, V6 Biturbo diesel that brings blistering performance to the A6 load carrier"

"Perhaps the most exciting addition is the 3.0-litre, V6 Biturbo diesel that brings blistering performance to the A6 load carrier"

What is it?

Following on from the new saloon version of its executive A6, Audi has now released the estate, or Avant, model.

It will come with a selection of five engines - one supercharged 3.0-litre petrol, two 3.0-litre diesels in different power outputs, and a 2.0-litre diesel that will account for three quarters of UK sales alone.

It follows that this is the most efficient of the engines on offer, and it could manage as much as 56.5mpg to go with a CO2 rating of 132g/km, which moves it marginally, but not miles, ahead of its familiar rivals from BMW and Mercedes.

This has been partly helped by a reduction of weight over the old car, as Audi has used a greater proportion of aluminium this time around and shed 70kg in the process.

While the weight is down, the level of specification on offer is up, as the new A6 Avant comes with a range of new kit, including a sensor that allows hands free opening of the boot, and a Google maps function on the satellite navigation.

Perhaps the most exciting addition though is the inclusion of a 3.0-litre, V6 Biturbo diesel that brings blistering performance to the A6 load carrier. The 309bhp engine gets the big car to 62mph in just 5.4 seconds and will cost in the region of £46,000.

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