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Audi A6 hybrid (photos)

Audi unveils a new A6 sedan at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show with a new hybrid option.

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Antuan Goodwin gained his automotive knowledge the old fashioned way, by turning wrenches in a driveway and picking up speeding tickets. From drivetrain tech and electrification to car audio installs and cabin tech, if it's on wheels, Antuan is knowledgeable.
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Audi unveiled not only the new A6 at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show, but also a new A6 hybrid.
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As a full hybrid, the A6 can operate under full electric power (up to 62mph or cruising at 38mph), full gasoline power, or a blend of both.
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The 2-liter TFSI four-cylinder has been augmented by an electric motor and now outputs a very V6-like 245hp.
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Outside, the A6 doesn't grow significantly in any dimension, but across the line it loses a few pounds.
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U.S. fuel economy is yet untested, but Audi estimates about 37 mpg.
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You'll notice the lack of a Quattro badge. The A6 hybrid is a front-wheel-drive-only affair.
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Inside, the hybrid model features unique instrumentation that indicates the status of the lithium ion battery pack and the electric power train.
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On the more conventional front, the A6 is also available with two gasoline engines and a trio of TDI engines.
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Depending on the power train, the A6 features either front- or all-wheel drive and either a six-speed manual transmission, a CVT option, or a new S Tronic automatic.
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Inside, Audi's MMI gains a motorized LCD screen that hides away when not in use.
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Navigation is linked to Google maps via a Bluetooth-paired phone and features terrain and Google Street View data.
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Down below, users interact with the infotainment system via either the MMI controller or the optional touch pad handwriting-recognition system.

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