Audi is giving beleaguered U.S. wagon followers (I’m one) another excuse to smile, confirming that the A6 Allroad wagon, a ruggedized model of its A6 Avant wagon bought in Europe, is coming to America for 2020.
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Whereas the wagon will not be bought right here in its primary kind, Audi additionally already has confirmed that the 2020 RS6 Avant efficiency mannequin with a virtually 600-horsepower V-Eight shall be bought right here. The wagons are based mostly on the new-generation A6 sedan that obtained a classy and tech-loaded redesign for 2019 — they usually put on the brand new look effectively.
However whereas the RS6 is a go-fast wagon that may rival the Mercedes-AMG E63 S Wagon and Porsche Panamera Turbo Sport Turismo, the Allroad is a extra sensible combine — half luxurious automotive, half sports activities sedan, half SUV. It can compete towards Volvo’s V90 Cross Nation in addition to probably the excessive finish of Audi’s personal A4 Allroad, and the Volvo V60 Cross Nation and Subaru Outback traces. All are wagons with extra SUV-like cladding, all-wheel drive with some light-off-roading tech and extra floor clearance, however nonetheless with carlike manners and driving dynamics.
And 2020 revives the unique A6 Allroad that got here to the U.S. in 2000 and was bought by way of 2005, creating a small however loyal following.
2001 Audi A6 Allroad
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The 2020 Allroad shall be supplied in high-end kind at launch with a variety of customary tools. Energy shall be from Audi’s turbocharged three.Zero-liter V-6 placing out 335 hp and 369 pounds-feet of torque with mild-hybrid know-how for higher mileage. It’s mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch computerized. All-wheel drive and an adaptive air suspension system are customary.
The air suspension can range experience peak from four.9 inches as much as 7.three inches (practically 2 inches increased than the sedan). Top varies amongst six drive modes: Auto (probably the most balanced) and Consolation (lighter steering and throttle) each dial in a 5.5-inch clearance. Dynamic tightens up the steering, throttle and transmission, and lowers the wagon Zero.6 inches. Offroad provides 1.2 inches of clearance and Elevate provides Zero.6 extra, each solely at as much as 21.7 mph. There is also an Particular person setting that permits you to combine and match.
Additionally customary are hill descent management, tilt angle help and all-wheel steering, and further configurable instrument screens that present longitudinal and transverse tilt angles.
Mildly Ruggedized Design
The vertical slats of the Allroad’s grille set it aside from the blacked-out RS6 grille and the horizontal slats of the A6 sedan. The Allroad will get wheel arches, decrease physique panels and decrease bumpers in a contrasting matte grey (although you may specify physique coloration should you like). The roof rails, in addition to the entrance and rear bumpers, get aluminum-finish trim, and 20-inch wheels are customary.
Inside, the Allroad will get a well-equipped model of the brand new A6 inside with the sedan’s multimedia, and security and driver-assistance tech options, in addition to a regular panoramic moonroof, ambient lighting and Bang & Olufsen premium audio.
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The A6 Allroad launch will embrace a particular 20th Anniversary Version with an unique Gavial Inexperienced paint coloration possibility (much like the unique’s Highland Inexperienced), a brown leather-based inside, ash wooden trim and stainless-steel pedals.
The Allroad’s pricing and on-sale date are nonetheless to be introduced. The 2019 A4 Allroad begins at $46,695 (all costs embrace vacation spot). The 2019 A6 sedan begins at $55,095 with the turbocharged 2.Zero-liter four-cylinder and $59,895 with the three.Zero-liter V-6.
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D.C. Bureau Chief Fred Meier, who lives daily with Washington gridlock, has an un-American love of small wagons and hatchbacks. Electronic mail Fred