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2020 Audi A6 Allroad Is The Cure For Lame Crossovers

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There's just one major catch.

Here's the good news: Audi has taken the wraps off its all-new A6 Allroad, along with a 20 years special edition trim. The bad news? It's not coming to North America. Again. The new A6 sedan is already on sale. Unlike a typical station wagon, the 2020 Audi A6 Allroad has additional ground clearance and slightly beefier exterior styling, very similar to the A4 Allroad which, very conveniently, is sold in the US. But the A6 Allroad has been a solid seller in Europe since 1999 and Audi sees no reason why it should change a winning formula.

Compared to the standard A6 Avant (that's wagon in Audi-speak), the A6 Allroad is exactly 1.8-inches higher for a total of 5.5 inches of ground clearance. It also has a specifically tuned adaptive air suspension that enables the ride height to be adjusted up or down depending on one's needs. Ride height can also be adjusted depending on your speed.

Like any modern day off-roader, Audi has given the A6 Allroad the necessary tech requirements to avoid unwanted situations. Hill descent control and tilt angle assist are there for the really difficult terrain, while speed control keeps velocity under 18.6 mph or less. There's also independent four-wheel braking to help keep the vehicle pointed in the desired direction while slowing one's descent on slippery slopes.

Under the hood is perhaps your first clue the A6 Allroad isn't destined for North America: a 3.0-liter TDI V6. Yes, that's a diesel, but it produces an impressive 228 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. The midrange Quattro 50 TDI ups that output to 282 hp and 457 lb-ft, while the top-of-the-line Quattro 55 TDI has 349 hp and 516 lb-ft of serious twist. Audi claims the latter enables a 0-62 mph of only 5.2 seconds. Regardless of trim, all new A6 Allroads have some mild hybrid technology and an eight-speed Tiptronic transmission.

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The interior is adorned with an all-digital 10.1-inch infotainment screen while the driver operates the climate control, comfort function, and text control via an 8.6-inch display. The Audi virtual cockpit, consisting of a 12.3-inch display, is optional as part of the Technology Pack.

Aside from the enhanced gray wheel arches and increased ride height, A6 Allroads can be identified thanks to a unique grille and a roof rack. Buyers can add an aluminum exterior or black styling package for a slightly more enhanced look. Sales are set to get underway (in Europe) beginning this month with pricing starting at €61,500.