The brand-new Audi A6 Avant has just debuted and we recently spoke about how it could be the best looking wagon on the market. It’s both sleek and aggressive at the same time and is actually better looking that its sedan counterpart. So Autocar recently sat down with Helmut Jung, the exterior designer of the A6 Avant.
Most modern Audis have been borrowing a lot of styling cues from the original Audi Quattro and the Audi A6 Avant is no different. However, according to Jung, the A6 Avant also borrows from other Audis. “The Quattro is clear to see – especially on the wheel blisters and across every new car we launch. It is our reference point now. For ‘wow’ factor I looked at the 100 Avant. Then we had the prologue concept, which really pointed us in this direction. The goal was really to make a little bit of the drama of an RS model available for everyone.”
There are many critics of Audi’s design language, claiming it to be too boring and not adventurous or interesting enough. Though, Jung says that its design, as well as every other Audi’s, is designed to be forward-thinking, so that the car still looks good in years to come, not just right now. “This is a more expressive car. The goal was to ensure that it looks good for ever more; not just capture the imagination now and age badly over time. We are a progressive brand, not a brash one.”
But Jung also feels that the familial resemblance of all modern Audis is also intentional and not for lack of enthusiasm. When asked about whether or not the new Audi A6 Avant looks similar to other Audis, Jung said “It does, and it always will. There is increasingly more differentiation between models, but every car has its own interpretation of the Quattro themes, and in details such as the grille you will always be able to appreciate that one of our cars is part of the Audi family, even when some of the themes – such as the details around the grille, or the shape of the vents – are different.”
We personally think the A6 Avant is a great looking car and we’re incredibly jealous of the Europeans for being able to buy it, while us ‘Mericans are stuck with the A4 Allroad.