Audi hints that Avant models are coming back to the U.S.
Audi’s official Twitter account posted a picture yesterday, depicting a kind of seance circle of candles surrounding the phrase “Avants in the U.S.” It’s hardly a formal announcement, but the hint all but confirms prior rumors that Audi would be resurrecting its Avant line of wagons in America.
Audi scaled back sales of its wagons in this market because of low demand. The last A6 Avant in U.S. showrooms was for the 2011 model year, while the A4 Avant lasted until 2012. By the 2013 model year, the only wagon-like Audi on sale in the U.S. was the Allroad. That changed when the 2017 A4 Allroad arrived, which is essentially a lifted and cladded A4 Avant.
There have been numerous rumors and reports that the A6-based Allroad and A4/A6 Avant models—including the hallowed high-performance RS versions—could be U.S.-bound. Perhaps Audi is seeing the success of the A4 Allroad and wants to broaden the Allroad brand, while also realizing that American buyers are warming to wagons, even if they’re disguised or marketed as sporty crossovers.
Although BMW will not offer a 3 Series wagon for its new generation, Mercedes continues to sell the E-Class wagon, Jaguar added the XF Sportbrake, and Volvo continues to sell the V60 wagon, as well as the larger V90 wagon and Cross Country. Volkswagen is enjoying the successful launch of its Golf Alltrack, which is really an all-wheel drive, lifted, and cladded version of the Golf Sportwagen.
I for one would be more than thrilled to see RS4 and RS6 wagons blitzing across America’s highways. Bring ‘em on.