Audi’s recent tease has given us hope.
For a long time, US enthusiasts have been deprived of Audi’s awesome wagons sold in Europe. Mercifully, this could finally change as Audi recently teased the long-awaited return of wagon models in the US. An Audi representative previously told us the A6 and RS6 Avant models will be coming to the US. Now, prototypes of two upcoming Audi wagons have been caught being tested by our spy photographers, and Audi’s recent tease gives us hope they will be sold Stateside.
First up is the RS4 Avant facelift spied for the first time. Like the upcoming A4 facelift, the updated sporty wagon will feature sharper styling with redesigned headlights and taillights, as well as a newly designed 3D grille found on the flagship Q8. Bigger changes will likely be found inside, as the RS4 Avant facelift is expected to get Audi’s latest infotainment system and a larger screen.
As for engine options, we’re not expecting the RS4 Avant facelift to get any powertrain upgrades. The model sold in Europe is powered by a twin-turbo 2.9-liter V6 engine that sends 444 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque to all four wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission. This enables the sporty wagon to reach 62 mph in 4.1 seconds and top out at 155 mph, but this can be increased to 174 mph with the optional RS Dynamic package.
A prototype of the next-generation A6 Allroad has also been spied being put through its paces in the snow. Compared to the regular A6 Avant, the Allroad has a higher road height, different bumpers, plastic flared fenders and wider side sills to make it more off-road capable.
The new A6 Allroad is likely to adopt the regular car’s 3.0-liter TFSI V6 gasoline engine with 335 hp and 368 lb-ft of torque and the 3.0-liter TDI V6 diesel with 282 hp and 457lb-ft of torque. Audi’s Quattro all-wheel-drive system will be offered as standard. Audi already sells the A4 Allroad in the US, so there’s a good chance the A6 Allroad could to America. Since it didn’t make an appearance at Geneva, the new A6 Allroad will likely debut at the 2019 Frankfurt Auto Show this September.