20 years after its debut, the fourth generation of the Audi A6 allroad quattro is being launched. With the standard all-wheel drive, adaptive air suspension and increased ground clearance, it is just as much at home on the road as it is off. The powerful V6 TDI engines offer ample pulling power for up to 2.5 tons of towing capacity.
Launched for the first time as Avant in 1999, the A6 allroad quattro is not entering its fourth generation as it celebrates its 20th anniversary. So what’s changed, we take a quick look and let you know what to expect in this 4th generation car.
For the starters, The A6 allroad quattro body is up to 45 millimeters (1.8 in) higher than the A6 Avant. The ground clearance at standard ride height is 139 mm (5.5 in), underscoring its off-road qualities. The adaptive air suspension with controlled damping comes standard in the Audi A6 allroad quattro and is tuned specifically for the A6 allroad quattro to boost its off-road capabilities. It adjusts the ride height depending on the road speed and mode set in the Audi drive select system.
From the design aspects, The new A6 allroad quattro features an off-road look that is even more striking than on the predecessor model. This exterior and the individual, versatile interior solutions emphasise the new model’s strong character.
The wide, low Single-frame with its vertical aluminium struts dominates its front end. The blade and the underbody protection gleam with their aluminium-look finish. The allroad-specific roof rails mounted on bars and the window slot trims, the underbody protection as well as the diffuser trim and the band between the rear lights are finished in a choice of black or aluminium look.
The interior is available in three colours – black, pearl beige and okapi brown. The seats are upholstered as standard in black cloth and partial leather.
The all road line makes the interior even more sophisticated. This option includes sport seats with upholstery made of an Alcantara/leather combination that combines two colours – petrol grey and black. Inlays and pedals made of aluminium, illuminated door sill trims with logo projection add further highlights. Optionally, the allroad line comes with many other interior decor variants – special colour combinations, contrasting stitching and piping as well as decorative trims made of fine grain birch wood and the specific aluminium strip with subtle green colour highlights, matching the exterior paint.
On features front, this A6 does not shy away from giving top of the line features, available in the A6 and A7 model The all-digital operating system comprising a top large screen – measuring 10.1 inches in the top-of-the-line version – is used to control the infotainment. On the 8.6-inch display below, the driver operates the climate control, the comfort functions and the text input. The natural-language voice control uses both onboard information as well as knowledge from the cloud to process all input. Optionally the new A6 allroad quattro also includes the Audi virtual cockpit – its 12.3-inch display is controlled with the multifunction buttons on the steering wheel. It is complemented by the likewise optional top-of-the-line infotainment control centre – the MMI navigation plus including LTE module and Wi-Fi hotspot. The navigation learns based on previous journeys and can provide the driver with suitable suggestions when choosing a route. The route is calculated online on the servers of service provider HERE and also onboard. Audi also supplies a head-up display as an option.
The Audi connect online services are split into two packages – navigation & infotainment and emergency call & service. The myAudi app connects the user’s smartphone seamlessly with the MMI; the Audi connect key lets the driver unlock/lock the vehicle, and start the engine using an Android smartphone via near field communication (NFC). The optional Bang & Olufsen Advanced Sound System, which incorporates 19 loudspeakers and a subwoofer, also delivers 3D sound to the rear.
The A6 allroad quattro is available with 3.0 Tdi engine available in three distinct output ratings. The first one produces 231 PS of power and 500 NM of torque, second one produces 286 PS of power and 620 NM of torque and the top of the line produces shattering, 349 PS of power and 700 NM of torque. In this guise, it propels the A6 from a stand still to 100 in just 5.2 seconds. All the three engine trains are mated to an eight speed tiptronic gearbox.
The new Audi A6 allroad quattro is due to go on sale in Germany and other European markets in June. The list price of the entry-level TDI in Germany will be 61,500 euros