Two decades have passed since the original Audi A6 Allroad was launched, back in 1999. Time surely flies and the German car maker took the virtual veil off its latest iteration of the popular wagon today, without too much marketing talk beforehand. The new 2020 Audi A6 allroad comes with adaptive air suspension, more ground clearance than before and a more powerful V6 TDI engine.
The car also comes with more ground clearance, being 45 millimeters (1.8 inches) taller than the old model. The ground clearance at standard ride height is 139 mm (5.5 in) but that height can change, depending on your needs, thanks to the adaptive air suspension. In the case of the Allroad, the suspension adjusts depending on the road, speed and mode set in the Audi drive select system.
In auto and comfort modes, the A6 Allroad Quattro sets off at standard ride height, which can be actively adjusted with a speed-dependent control strategy. If the highest ride height is selected and the speed is under 35 km/h (21.7 mph), the body is raised 45 mm (1.8 in). The body is lowered automatically when this speed is exceeded. At highway speeds above 120 km/h (74.6 mph), the ride height is lowered by 15 millimeters (0.6 in).
If the A6 Allroad Quattro sets off in Offroad mode, which covers speeds up to 80 km/h (49.7 mph), the body is 30 millimeters (1.2 in) higher than the standard ride height. Traveling at very slow speeds below 35 km/h (21.7 mph), lift mode adds another 15 millimeters (0.6 in), raising the ground clearance 45 millimeters (1.8 in) above the normal position.The new model also comes with hill descent control and tilt angle assist if you really want to push it.
The design is also setting the Allroad apart from its more ‘pedestrian’ brethren in the A6 range. Nothing out of the ordinary though, with the usual plastic guards in place at the front, sides and in the back, to make sure you don’t scratch your car too much. As for the engines, you get a choice of three variations of the V6 TDI workhorse.
First you get the entry-level choice, with 231 PS (227 hp) and 500 Nm (369 lb-ft) of torque. This allows the A6 Allroad to reach 62 mph (100 km/h) from standstill in 6.7 seconds. Then there’s the 50 TDI which, as you may know, is the same 3-liter V6 engine with 286 PS (282 hp) and 620 Nm (458 lb-ft) of torque. It will allow the car to reach 62 mph from standstill in 5.9 seconds. Last, but not least, the 55 TDI model has 349 PS (344 hp) and 700 Nm (516 lb-ft) of torque to rely on from the same V6 mill. It will make the Allroad A6 reach 62 mph in 5.2 seconds. All three choices are combined with an 8-speed automatic gearbox and all of them are mild hybrids, using a 48V electrical system.
To coincide with the introduction of the new A6 Allroad Quattro, Audi is launching the “20 years Allroad” edition model. Both its exterior and interior have been put together individually. Three paint colors are available: Gavial Green as well as Glacier White and Soho Brown. The black styling package has been extended with specific Audi rings and exterior mirror housings. Exclusive 19-inch wheels complete the look. Black sport seats with leather/Alcantara upholstery, aluminum inlays and illuminated door sill trims add prominent highlights in the interior.
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.