The new Audi A6 Matrix. An updated version of the luxury sedan, the new car gets more features and some design changes, all packed in a single fully-loaded diesel variant. This is ideally the last update for the current generation A6, before the new car is rolled out towards the end of 2016.
The design changes include a more ornate front grille, revised front and rear bumpers, new side skirts and dynamic side indicators. However, the most important change is the addition of the new Matrix headlamps, which is such a big deal that Audi has even added it to the nomenclature.
The Matrix headlamps offer better illumination than almost everything else on the road and yet without troubling the oncoming traffic. The technology uses multiple LED light sources that are intelligently controlled by a camera, so the headlamps self-adjust depending upon oncoming light, thereby providing maximum light without hampering the visibility of others on the road. Our short drive did not allow us to test the technology fully, but these are the most expensive headlamps available in India today and by that simple logic should also be one of the best.
The A6 by itself is a good looking car, but the design is now old and certainly not the most alluring in the segment. The facelift does bring in the novelty factor with the new headlamps, but that is the only difference that one can make out.
How is it on the inside?
In terms of the design and layout there isn’t any difference in the interior compared to the predecessor. The colours are different and the interior quality has improved; the new lighter wooden-finish inserts look nice. The features list is largely updated; everything that was once part of the option-pack is now standard on the new car.