Update: Since this preview was published in February 2018, we have posted a first drive of the Audi A6

Audi announced that its A6 midsized sedan is getting a redesign for 2019. Despite a conservatively styled exterior, the new A6 will get a ton of new technology—including customizable touch-screen interfaces and a mild hybrid drivetrain that should help save fuel.

We currently have information about only the European version of the A6. Although Audi could not yet confirm which options will be available in the U.S., we are likely to learn more this week at the New York International Auto Show.

However, we know the new car will have a lot in common with the 2019 A7, which is essentially a hatchback version of the A6 sedan. The A7, which Audi calls a “sportback,” already made its U.S. debut at the 2018 Detroit auto show.

2019 Audi A6 driving

The A6 is likely to offer a 340-hp, 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, plus Audi’s signature Quattro all-wheel drive. The new engine has 7 more hp than the current supercharged one, which CR’s testers called “buttery smooth and refined.” A 48-volt mild hybrid system will allow the car to coast—with the engine off—at speeds from 34 mph to 99 mph to save fuel.

The A6 will feature all-wheel steering. At low speeds, the rear wheels turn in the opposite direction from the front wheels to make parking easier. At high speeds, all four wheels turn in the same direction for increased stability. We don’t yet know whether all-wheel steering will be available in the U.S., although it is currently available on competing luxury sedans, such as the BMW 5 Series and Cadillac CT6.

Audi says the new A6 will feature more lightweight aluminum suspension components, and the automaker promises handling that’s “noticeably sportier” than that of the outgoing car, which our testers have praised for its engaging driving experience. An adaptive air suspension will be optional.

2019 Audi A6 interior

Inside, the A6 has replaced a clickwheel controller with a pair of touch screens. At the top of the center console is a 10.1-inch screen that can be used to access Audi’s MultiMedia Interface (MMI) infotainment system. Below that is a customizable 8.6-inch touch screen for climate controls and text input, such as navigation destinations. The screens vibrate with haptic feedback to confirm a selection, and users will be able to create onscreen shortcuts and move apps around in much the same way they would on a smartphone.

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Buyers can also opt for Audi’s “virtual cockpit”—a 12.3-inch instrument panel that can display everything from audio and phone info to full-color maps behind the steering wheel. A color head-up display is also optional.

Despite all the screens, Audi describes the new A6’s interior with words such as “reduced” and “calm.” We’ll weigh in on whether that’s accurate once we get an A6 in our hands.

Interior accents and materials will depend on which trim level buyers choose. While we praised the outgoing car for its comfortable interior, Audi says the new car will increase headroom and shoulder room for front and rear passengers, and legroom for rear passengers.

Finally, the new A6 debuts Audi’s “connect key” service, which can replace the key fob with an Android smartphone equipped with near field communication.

The A6 goes on sale in Europe in June; no U.S. release date has been announced.

2019 Audi A6 rear