Look out crossover craze because Audi is betting customers may want to slide into something slightly more traditional -- a wagon. Monday brought good news for wagon aficionados as Audi announced the after a 15-year hiatus.
As the "Allroad" name has always implied, the company's Quattro all-wheel drive system is standard equipment and the wagon sits 1.8 inches higher than a standard, when configured for its max height setting via selectable modes. Total ground clearance is 7.3 inches at the max setting. When off the paved road, drivers can take advantage of a standard hill descent control paired with tilt angle assist. All-wheel steering is also part of the package for even better maneuverability. The infotainment screen can also display the current tilt angle to help ensure the A6 Allroad is never in jeopardy of tipping.
Keeping with the Allroad tradition, the A6 Allroad looks far more rugged than a regular wagon. The wheel arches and rocker panels feature a contrasting matte gray, though customers can opt for body-color components as well for a more traditional look. A larger grille and 20-inch wheels also set it apart from the A6 sedan.
Inside, things are not much different from the A6 sedan, aside from far more cargo space. Every A6 Allroad sports a dual-pane panoramic sunroof, Bang & Olufsen sound system and a suite of active safety features as standard equipment.
Unlike the A6 Allroad on the other side of the Atlantic, ours will not motor about with a diesel engine. Instead, drivers will find a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 married to Audi's mild-hybrid system. Total power output is 335 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque, and all of those ponies flow through a seven-speed dual clutch automatic transmission.
Audi is doing wagon lovers right by the A6 Allroad's return with a special 20th anniversary model, too. It boasts a green exterior hue with brown leather to recall the original Allroad sold in America. Prices aren't available yet, but we can wait. We're just happy to see the practical wagon finding a footing in the US once again.