Somewhat quietly in Germany, Audi has unveiled the new 2013 A6 Allroad while the A4 Allroad was strutting around the Detroit Auto Show.
Based on the A6 Avant (just as the first Allroad), the new A6 Allroad measures 16.21 feet long, 6.23 feet wide, and 4.82 feet tall, out sizing the estate its based on. Also like previous generations, the new A6 Allroad sits higher – a full 60mm higher. Enthusiats shouldn’t fret, however. The new A6 Allroad’s standard adaptive air suspension drops the body 15mm at high speed, and raises it by 35mm on demand – handy for deep snow or limited trail conquering. Need more low speed clearance? Done. The push of a button will raise the suspension an additional 10mm should you need to show the blizzard who’s boss.
Motivation for the A6 Allroad comes from a selection of one gasoline and three diesel engines. The gasoline engine is the same familial supercharged 3.0L V6 used in the A6, A7 and S4, putting down 310 horsepower and launching the A6 Allroad to 60mph in 5.9 seconds (wait until Stasis Engineering comes out with a tuning program for the A6 Allroad – could be a 400-horsepower monster). The economical turbo diesel (TDI) engines produce 204 and 245 horsepower, respectively. The top level diesel throws down 313 horsepower with the help of twin turbochargers and is mated to an 8-speed automatic that together thrust the pedestrian-seeming wagon to 60 in 5.6 seconds. All the TDI engines are based on Audi’s existing 3.0L V6 TDI and all are mated to Audi’s 7-speed dual-clutch transmission except the twin-turbo diesel V6.
On the outside, the Allroad variant of the A6 gains new bumpers, wider fenders, front and rear skid plates, beefier roof rails, a massive, vertical slat grille, and model specific split-five-spoke 18-inch wheels shod in 235mm rubber with 19s and 20s optional.
Unfortunately, the U.S. may never see the A6 Allroad, but in Europe the new estate will base at 54,600 Euros, or roughly $70,000.