Audi is hoping to build on the success of the first two allroad quattros with the new third-generation A6 allroad.
Following the A4 allroad's reveal at Detroit, Audi has introduced the A6 allroad. Based on the current A6 Avant's platform, the new A6 allroad shares the same standard off-road styling cues but packs more performance and has better fuel efficiency than its predecessors. Like its smaller sibling, the new A6 allroad looks the business, from the widened wheel arches to its raised ride height, and boasts an exclusive new color called Java Braun.
Stainless steel protects the underbody at the front and rear and the exhaust system ends in two large, flattened tailpipes; 18-inch five-arm alloys come as standard. Under the hood buyers get a choice of one TFSI gasoline engine and three 3.0-liter V6 TDI diesel engines. The 3.0-liter TFSI produces 310hp and 325lb-ft of torque, and can accelerate from 0-60mph in 5.9 seconds en route to an electronically-limited top speed of 155mph. Three 3.0-liter TDI variants produce 204hp and 331lb-ft; 245hp and 428lb-ft; and 313hp and 479lb-ft of torque.
The most powerful of the TDIs can shift the A6 allroad from 0-62mph in 5.6 seconds with a similarly regulated 155mph top speed, and is mated to a fast-shifting eight-speed tiptronic transmission. The other three are paired with the seven-speed S tronic, a sporty dual-clutch transmission. Chassis features includes new electromechanical power steering that automatically adjusts with the car's speed and the Audi drive select system. This allows the driver to vary the function of things such as the steering, gas pedal, air suspension and automatic transmission.
Adaptive air suspension lowers the body by 15mm at high speed and raises it by 35mm at the push of a button; at low speeds a lift mode provides an additional 10mm to handle rough or irregular terrain. A Santos Brown interior with optional aluminum inlays complements a black instrument panel while subtle LED lights provide ambient lighting. Other interior highlights include a panoramic glass roof, touchscreen MMI Navigation, a power retractable eight-inch monitor and a Bang & Olufsen sound system with 15 speakers. The new Audi A6 allroad Quattro will be hitting German showrooms this spring, with the 204hp 3.0-liter TDI priced at 54,600 Euros.