We all know that the 2016 Audi A4 and A4 Avant are on their way out. The A4 sedan will be the only one of the two to make it to US shores, while the rest of the world also gets the lovely A4 Avant as well. To compensate, the US will be getting the new Audi Allroad in 2017. Spy shots have recently surfaced of the new Allroad testing in public. It’s covered in camo, obviously, but there are still some details to be made out.
The original Allroad, based on the A6, was actually accepted rather well in the US, despite our distaste for wagons. But Audi was smart and marketed it as a sort of all-terrain wagon, lifted the ride height and gave it bigger fender flares. This convinced Americans that it was more SUV than wagon, even though it was basically a lifted A4 Avant. Reliability issues plagued the original Allroad and ultimately led to its demise. Until a couple of years ago, when Audi brought it back and it’s actually been quite a success. Again tricking us ‘Mericans into thinking that it was more than simply a lifted wagon, and it being called an Allroad makes it sound rugged and tough, so we bought tons of them because we want to feel like we have an “active” lifestyle while we shovel Big Macs into our faces.
Well, Allroad fans, rejoice because for 2017 the Audi Allroad is going to be better than ever. The Allroad was actually always a pretty good car, maybe unnecessary, but good nevertheless. For 2017, the Allroad will benefit from being built on the same MLB platform as the A4 and have the same lovely interior. In the spy shots, you can see that the ride height is clearly elevated over the standard A4 Avant. The fenders also seem to flare out just a bit and the front air dams under the headlights seem to be altered a bit. Otherwise, it should be like every other Allroad — a lifted Avant with fender flares.
We’ll see what the Allroad is really like when it debuts next year, but until then we can probably guess what it will be like. I just wish we got the Avant instead.