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The BMW 5-Series and the Mercedes-Benz E-Class have got themselves a new rival. German automaker Audi has taken the wraps off the new A6 sedan, scheduled to make its official market debut in early 2011. The big news here is that the new A6 will be available with a hybrid version.

The new A6 measures 4.92 meters long, 1.87 meters wide, and just 1.46 meters high. Compared to the outgoing model, it's a few millimeters shorter and lower. It's width and wheelbase, however, have been significantly increased. According to Audi, "the long engine hood, the low, sweeping roofline and the prominent lines on the flanks create a dynamic overall appearance."

Audi is offering five engine options for the A6: two gasoline engines and three diesel units. Audi claims that throughout the entire model line, "fuel consumption in the A6 has decreased by up to 19 percent compared to the previous model."

One noteworthy engine is the 2.0-liter TDI. Paired with a manual transmission, it requires, according to Audi, an average of just 4.9 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers. The A6 hybrid, meanwhile, will be available at a later date. Boasting an output of 245hp, the hybrid system combines a 2.0-liter TFSI unit with an electric motor. Audi reckons the hybrid will consume 6.2 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers.

Drivetrains for the new A6 will include a six-speed manual transmission, the continuously variable multitronic, and the brand-new, S-tronic.

Care to guess which engine-and-drivetrain combo will be brought in by PGA Cars?

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