Well, it’s officially back. After a long hiatus, and about a million reliability jokes, the Audi A6 Allroad is finally back in the United States. The first-generation A6 Allroad was an interesting car because it was sort of ahead of its time. Back when it was first released, there weren’t a lot of rugged wagons; luxury cars with big wagon trunks, tall ride heights and capable off-road systems. However, Audi took a bit of a break with the A6 Allroad, instead giving us the smaller A4 Allroad, and other brands have started copying it. But the original is finally back in the Good ole US of A.
Obviously, this new Audi A6 Allroad is based on the new generation of A6 Avant, only it rides higher and features a few extra rugged bits. And I use the term “rugged” loosely, here.
The ride height in the Audi A6 Allroad is 1.8 inches taller than in the standard car with its as-standard adaptive air suspension, giving it a total max ground clearance of 7.3 inches. In its normal Comfort mode, the Allroad only has 5.5 inches of ground clearance and Dynamic mode lowers it another .6 inches. The suspension will have six different driving modes; Auto, Comfort, Dynamic, Individaul, Offroad and Lift.
As-standard, the Audi A6 Allroad gets hill-descent control, tilt-angle assist and four-wheel steering. So if you’re off the beaten path, there’s a display in the MMI system that can help to tell you how far the car is tipping or what angle it’s at.
It also looks a touch more rugged than the standard A6 Avant. Thanks to its plastic body cladding on its wheel arches and taller roof rails, it looks like a more active car. However, it does look more like a normal A6 Avant than ever before. Due to air suspension, it’s not tall unless you tell it to be, which sort of makes it look like a regular A6 wagon from afar.
Under the skin, it sort of its. They use the same chassis, of course, the same engine, gearbox and all-wheel drive system. Powering the Audi A6 Allroad is a 3.0 liter turbocharged V6 that makes 335 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. That’s not too shabby for a family wagon. We’re very curious to give it a try.