By Wayne Gorrett
Audi has revealed the fourth generation of the A6 Allroad Quattro with an increased – and adjustable – ride height, all-wheel drive, all-wheel steering and rugged body panels.
Based on the Audi A6 Avant but with a 45mm increase in ride height, the Allroad has 139mm of ground clearance along with Quattro all-wheel drive. Audi claims an impressive 2,500kg braked towing capacity, too.
Adaptive air suspension is standard, adjusting the ride height depending on the road speed and mode set in the Audi drive select system. In auto and comfort modes, the A6 Allroad quattro sets off at standard ride height with a ground clearance of 139mm, which is then actively adjusted according to speed. If the highest ride height is selected at speeds of up to 22mph, the body is raised 45mm. The body is lowered automatically when this speed is exceeded.
In addition to the specially adapted suspension, the A6 Allroad features hill decent control and tilt angle assist as standard.
Here in the UK, the new A6 Allroad Quattro will be offered in Sport specification and as a high-spec Vorsprung model.
Exterior upgrades over the standard A6 Avant include an updated grille, aluminium-look underbody cladding and Allroad-specific roof rails. The paint range for the new Audi A6 Allroad is made up of eleven colours, including the new Allroad-specific colour Gavial Green.
Buyers get the same level of equipment as the conventional A6 and A7, with a 10.1-inch infotainment system, digital climate and voice controls. Optional extras include larger 21-inch alloy wheels, heated and ventilated front seats, a panoramic glass sunroof, a head-up display and Audi’s 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster.
The interior is available in three colours – black, pearl beige and okapi brown. The seats are upholstered as standard in leather and Alcantara.
The new A6 Allroad is powered by a 3.0-litre V6 mild-diesel-hybrid powertrain. It’s available in three power outputs, with the range-entry 45TDI model offering 228bhp and 500Nm of torque. Mid-range 50TDI models produce 282bhp and 620Nm of torque, while the range-topping 55TDI has 342hp and 700Nm of torque and will follow later.
The TDI engines transfer their power via an eight-speed tiptronic to the centre differential-based quattro all-wheel-drive system, which is also backed up by standard wheel-selective torque control. When driving at speed, this system brakes the two wheels with reduced load on the inside of a bend slightly before they can begin to spin. The drive torque is redirected to the wheels with better traction as a result.
The Audi A6 Allroad will go on sale in Germany this month, but UK order books open in August.
To register your interest in leasing the new Audi A6 Allroad, please call our friendly and helpful sales team on 0161 826 9716.