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Audi set to begin phasing out combustion models to be electric-only by 2033

It is not always made clear to the buying public just how advanced car manufacturers are in terms of cleaning up their act when it comes to the environment.

We often look to the premium brands to lead the way, and while Audi were one of the brand tied into the Volkswagen diesel controversy, things have improved no end.

As of 2026, Audi will only launch all-electric models onto the global market, gradually phasing out production of its combustion models by 2033. Based on this clear decision made as part of its Vorsprung 2030 corporate strategy, Audi is now taking steps to prepare its global facilities for the production of all-electric cars.

Meanwhile, the Audi A6 and A7 model lines have now got three trim levels – Sport, S line, and BlackEdition – and improved standard specification. Matrix LED headlights with dynamic front and rear indicators, electric seats with memory driver function, Audi phone box light, Audi App store and camera-based traffic sign recognition is now standard across every model.

Each trim line is characterised by unique front and rear design elements. Audi’s Single frame grille with a honeycomb structure is the new defining element at the front of the vehicle. On Sport trim, specifically for the A6, the radiator grille is finished in Dark Chrome; the front stands out with new side air intakes and the rear with a redesigned diffuser with elements painted in Selenite Silver.

S line variants are also updated with chrome inserts on the Singleframe. On the A6, the rear diffuser has been redesigned with diffuser blades painted Platinum Gray, while on the A7 they are finished in Chrome. Additionally, S line versions of the A6 also benefit from redesigned side front air intakes with elements in Matt Black with Platinum Gray inserts, widened side sills, 19-inch wheels, and sport suspension.

Changes also extend into to the cabin too, where the dashboard and roof lining are now finished in black. A multi-function sport leather steering wheel with shift paddles features contrasting stitching and steering wheel grips in perforated leather. The footrest and pedals are stainless steel.

Pictured: The Audi A6.

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