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You would be wrong to think that the new Audi A6 Matrix is just another cosmetic upgrade. There are plenty of technology updates, along with the cosmetic ones, to make this car cutting-edge.  We take the new car for a road test

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Story: Aninda Sardar
Photography: Sanjay Raikar

My first memory of the word ‘Audi’ goes back to the days when a certain cricketer by the name of Ravi Shastri (you may have heard of him) was presented with an Audi. With no internet, or computers for that matter, I had tried to imagine what this unfamiliar sounding car would be like. The only thing I hadn’t had to imagine were the four interlocked rings on the grille of the car. Cut to September of 2015 and I find myself staring once again at those four rings interlaced through each other. Moving back a couple of steps I realise that the car, an A6, is familiar too and yet not quite. Behold the new Audi A6 35 TDI Matrix, which the German company launched in grand style via a rather unconventional video press release.

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As you continue to stare at the car, you’ll notice several changes. For starters, the single-piece grille is wider and its six corners appear a little more striking than before. The bumper too is a re-designed unit. But far more important, the A6 now benefits from Audi’s Matrix LED headlamp technology (something we first saw on the larger and more luxurious A8).

The Technocrat Audi A6 35 TDI Matrix Road Test (9) On the inside, the A6’s cabin has been upgraded even further with new wood inserts. There’s also a new nougat brown colour for the car’s high-quality Milano leather seats. Four-zone climate control is standard fitment. The A6 also gets Audi’s new next-generation modular infotainment platform; Audi’s signature MMI Touch is also available as part of this system. All of these combine to make the Audi A6 Matrix even more luxurious than it was before.

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