Remember sedans? They used to be popular until the SUV epidemic started to spread. We’re kids, of course. Despite the avalanche of Q and E-Tron models, Audi doesn’t give up on a good three-box sedan. The midsize A6 will get a bite and a slip later this year, and in the meantime, our eyes are catching a thin closed prototype.
Resting in a fenced parking lot near Audi’s development center in Ingolstadt, the black test vehicle was surrounded by cars from other brands. Keen readers will see the China-only Skoda Kodiaq GT joined by a conventionally styled SUV, also in specs for the People’s Republic. We also looked at several Mercedes models, most notably the AMG GT 4-Door Coupe, G-Class, and Maybach GLS.
OK, but what about the A6? Well, there’s not much to say as the update isn’t very flashy. If it weren’t for the camouflage, the car might have flown under the radar of spy photographers. It appears to be an S Line model judging by the covered badge on the front fender. The faux air intake of the front bumper has a different pattern now, but nothing to write home about.
Not investing a lot of money into a facelift of a slow-selling product is a wise business decision because there’s a lot more money to be made with an SUV. That statement is generally not true as Audi has decided to end production of the Q2 at the end of the first and last generation of the subcompact model. Of course, there may be more to it than meets the eye, so let’s wait until the Four Rings lose their swirling disguise.
Unfortunately, the 2023 A6 will continue to have the horrible fake exhaust tips because the real ones are tucked away under the bumper on the driver’s side. Audi hasn’t bothered to camouflage the dashboard, which tells us that the cabin will largely be inherited from BMW’s current 5 Series rival. This is the penultimate facelift that is being prepared for the traditional model as the next generation will be the last to offer a combustion engine.
The entire A6 lineup will get these minor changes, including a wagon with a high-riding Allroad and a sportier S/RS derivative.