Sleek shape with crossover space... so can we have one, please?
Traditional wagons are hard to come by in the US. Audi's been known to make a few, of which the new A6 Avant is just the latest. But we wouldn't count on it showing up in American showrooms, and that's a bit of a shame.
Based on the new C8-generation A6 sedan revealed a few months ago in Geneva, the new Avant was first revealed back in April, but is now being released in full, stretching its roofline to offer more space in the back for whatever you (or those in markets where it will be offered) may have to haul.
In fact, with as much as 59.3 cubic feet freed up when the rear seats are folded down, it has almost as much cargo capacity as the Q5. But at less than 58 inches tall, it's nowhere near as high as a crossover. That means a slippery shape with a low 0.27 drag coefficient. And it boasts more elbow room (front and rear) and rear-seat knee room than anything else in its class, which includes rivals like the BMW 5 Series Touring, Mercedes E-Class Estate, Jaguar XF Sportbrake, and Volvo V90.
From the C-pillar forward, it's essentially the same vehicle as the A6 sedan, right down to Audi's latest MMI infotainment system and 39 driver-assistance and safety systems. European customers will be able to choose between three turbodiesel engine options: a 2.0-liter inline-four with 204 hp (mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission) and a 3.0-liter V6 with either 231 hp or 286 hp (mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox with standard Quattro all-wheel drive). There'll be four suspension options and an assuredly long list of options. Just don't go asking for that list at your local Audi dealership here in the States.