Audi has been listening to America’s wagon lovers all along.
Digging through Audi's press release for the A6 Allroad and seeing its facts and figures listed in kilometers rather than miles-per-hour, millimeters instead of inches, euros and not dollars, and grams-per-kilometer but not miles-per-gallon, reinforced yet another painful fact about American life: that wagons aren't really a thing here and therefore the A6 Allroad is not coming to US dealerships.
It didn't matter that the wagon in question is the highly luxurious and utile A6 Avant riding on a raised suspension and boasting Audi's quattro all-wheel drive system, allowing it to challenge the notion that crossovers are the really the best alternative to the sedan. No, here, the bigger car is the car that wins. Except that might be starting to change. In fact, Audi even told us that it was planning on sending a few members of its Avant family to America to see how consumers would respond.
Audi's inside source even revealed to us that the automaker was planning on bringing over just the A6 Avant and the truly epic RS6 Avant, the latter of the two being little less than a wagon built for the drag strip. But that announcement didn't include the A6 Allroad. A disappointment at first, but not so much now, because Car and Driver has found out that Audi's latest A6 may actually make a trek to the States.
Speaking to a spokesperson at the Four Rings, CD learned that the company still hadn't decided whether it was going to bring the car over or not. So an American A6 Allroad is not a sure thing, but it could be if Audi decides the car has a market.
Unlike the European versions, an American A6 Allroad would come packing a turbocharged 3.0-liter gasoline V6 rather than the diesel TDI versions that will be available across the Atlantic. Thanks to generous helpings of horsepower and torque, the A6 could take full advantage of its quattro AWD system as well as the Allroad's 1.8-inch lift to conquer less-than-ideal terrain without sacrificing the high levels of luxury A6 customers have learned to expect.
While it's not clear what would help sway Audi into deciding that the A6 Allroad is needed here, the company will likely look at sales of the Mercedes E450 Wagon and Volvo V90 Cross Country, as well as the take rate of the A4 Allroad sold in the US, before pulling the trigger.