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After 15 years, the Audi A6 allroad returns to America
Wagons, wagons for everybody! So says Audi, the undisputed king of all-wheel-drive performance long-roofs. And while the RS 4 remains outside America, the new A6 allroad joins the 591-horsepower RS 6 and the A4 allroad in Audi’s 2020 U.S. lineup. You’ll even be able to get it in Gavial Green, just to blend in with the outdoors.
As standard, the 2020 A6 allroad features the 3.0-liter V-6 TFSI engine with the 48-volt mild-hybrid starter functionality, a re-tuned adaptive air suspension for improved ground clearance, hill descent control, tilt angle assist and dynamic all-wheel steering, along with all-wheel drive, of course. As usual, the hybrid system’s total output of 335 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque goes through Audi’s seven-speed S-tronic dual-clutch automatic.
At its maximum height, the A6 allroad sits 1.8 inches higher than the A6 sedan, with a total ground clearance of 7.3 inches. There are also six driving modes.
In “Auto,” you get 5.5 inches of ground clearance. “Comfort” lightens up the steering while toning down the throttle responses. “Dynamic” does the opposite, along with a more aggressive shifting program. “Individual” is up to you, “Offroad” adds 1.2 inches of additional ground clearance at speeds up to 21.7 mph, and “Lift” provides an additional 0.6 inches above Offroad mode, also under 21.7 mph.
Once off the tarmac, hill descent control limits the speed to your preference while braking with all four wheels selectively and individually as necessary. On even looser surfaces, the system will provide an additional “braking wedge” in front of the wheel, by using the ABS.
As standard, the A6 allroad’s wheel arches and rocker panels are painted in contrasting Scandium gray matte. You can also opt for a single body color, while the wider grille with chrome vertical slats and the allroad’s 20-inch wheels will still set your wagon apart from regular A6 sedans. Finally, the roof rails, rear diffuser, sill trim, and the front blade with the underbody protection sports an aluminum-like finish.
Audi will also offer an Anniversary Edition A6 allroad with an exclusive Gavial Green color option, as well as Sarder brown Valcona leather interior with Nappa accents. Audi’s new green paint pays homage to the Highland Green color of the original A6 allroad from 2000. The special edition also includes Fine Grain Ash Natural Noble Wood inlays, pedals, and footrest in stainless steel, a leather seat base, and a leather airbag cap with contrast stitching.
Anniversary Edition or not, the 2020 A6 allroad is further solid proof that you don’t need a crossover.