By on October 3, 2019

With the Audi RS 6 Avant confirmed for America and the manufacturer teasing wagons via social media throughout the summer, we figured Germany would soon send another wagen our way. And while nothing has been confirmed through official channels, Audi executives are already saying it’s to be the A6 Allroad.

Rumors stated that the model would make its way to the United States ever since the updated A6 premiered at the New York Auto Show in the spring. Audi managed to encourage these rumors without issuing any confirmation — at least until Oliver Hoffmann, managing director of Audi Sport, chimed in earlier this week. 

Speaking with Automobile, Hoffmann confirmed that the Allroad will be sold here — and he wasn’t the only executive to do so.

From Automobile:

All indications are we will once again get an A6 Allroad; the last time one was sold in the U.S. was more than a decade ago. The final decision hasn’t been made official via announcement, but top German executives, including [Hoffmann], tell us the wagon is headed for the U.S. We expect confirmation soon, after the U.S. arm finishes presenting its business case with a price point and projected volumes.

Our own sources have indicated that the wagon will likely go on sale before year’s end, similarly citing pricing, packaging, and volume projections as the only hurdles left to overcome.

In Europe, Audi sells the Allroad with a trio of 3.0-liter V6 diesels using a mild hybrid system. Base TDIs receive 227 horsepower and 368 pound-feet of torque. The 50 TDI brings that up to 282 hp and 457 lb-ft, while the top-shelf 55 TDI manages 344 hp and 516 lb-ft. All use an eight-speed Tiptronic (manumatic) transmission and the brand’s quattro all-wheel drive.

With no gasoline engine to speak of, Audi will likely borrow the 3.0-liter turbo V6 found in the A6 sedan. That means 335 hp and 369 lb-ft mated to the S-Tronic (DCT) gearbox, if adopted. But the Allroad should retain its adaptive air suspension, which allows the car to raise its 5.5-inch ride height by nearly two inches (depending on your speed), as well as Audi’s off-road mode, hill descent control and tilt angle assist.

Expect the manufacturer to say something definitive about the model soon.

[Images: Audi]

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14 Comments on “Wagon Wonderland: Audi A6 Allroad Practically Confirmed for America...”


  • avatar
    ajla

    Another $70k luxury wagon for the automotive press to stroke itself over.

    • 0 avatar
      Rick Astley

      I would rather see 250,000 of these on US roadways than the $1.8 billion dollars in subsidies taxpayers have given Tesla owners so they can “afford” luxury cars.

      Full disclosure: As I work and live within a few miles of Amazon, Microsoft, Nordstrom, Starbucks, T-Mobile, Expedia.com and Boeing’s corporate offices, I see ~20 taxpayer-mobiles per day and not only does their repetitive blandness grow tiresome, but the driving acumen on public display by Tesla drivers makes me wish for a host of stuck up BMW, Audi and Mercedes drivers to come back to the streets. Truly they are the lesser of two evils in the land of luxury cars that all seem to have non-functioning turn signals.

  • avatar
    NTGD

    If we don’t get it in the U.S. it’ll another one of those Northern neighbor only things, its already listed as a 2020 model for Audi Canada.

  • avatar
    jkross22

    I love long roof cars, but not this. Too much tech for tech’s sake. Replacing switches, buttons and knobs with screens increases distractions.

    I drove the Jetta GLI this weekend (great car btw) and I asked if the overly aggressive safety systems can be shut off. Sure enough they could.

    I know most people aren’t interested in any type of engagement or joy in driving, but why does that mean we have to have even more distractions just to operate basic functions of the car? Seems to me it’s bad enough with our f*&^ing phones. Adding more seems counterintuitive.

    • 0 avatar
      FreedMike

      Agreed.

      ***RANT WARNING***

      I’ve said this before, but I’ll say it again – I understand people don’t like the whole “screen on dash” thing, but until recently, Audi handled it the right way, with a retractable screen and intuitive buttons on the console. It took me about a day and a half for this to become second nature on my A3, and it works perfectly. If you don’t want to look at the screen, push a button and it disappears into the dash. Slick as hell…and when it’s needed, it’s right in your line of sight, which is perfect when you want to use the nav system.

      I’m disappointed that this system is going away in favor of low-mounted map screens, and having to navigate a bunch of stupid touchscreen menus to turn on the defroster or change the radio station.

      Touchscreen Madness is far worse than Tacked On Infotainment Screen Madness, and I lay the blame at Tesla’s feet. The Model 3 is a rather brilliant, but that nonsense would prevent me from buying one.

      • 0 avatar
        make_light

        Could not agree more. I’m now driving a prev-gen A4 with the MMI controlled by a knob near the cup holders. My previous car was a touch screen. Give me the knob ANY DAY. It’s far easier to control the screen with this mechanism, than fumbling to smack a touch screen in just the right spot while driving. And I’m pretty young at 31, I couldn’t imagine being older, trying to do this with less dexterity and poor eyesight.

  • avatar
    Fred

    A new Audi dealer opened up closer to my house, only an hour+ instead of 3 hours. So I have a renewed interest in Audi, but yea $70g is a bit much. No chance of a A3 hatch and even less so with a manual. I should of kept my 2007.

  • avatar
    Nick_515

    Too bad I just bought a proper wagon! Oh who am I kidding. I only paid 13 grand, and would never ever buy one of these new no matter how much money I have.

  • avatar
    sfrunner

    Damn. I just got into a ’19 A5 Sportback. I might have waited a bit and saved some more monies had I known this was just around the corner. This will be my next car. I had an A6 loaner awhile back and the screens work just fine. It took me about a day to figure it out and it is pretty slick, especially using wireless CarPlay, which is just so much easier to use with a touch screen rather than spinning the MMI wheel around and trying to execute a command.

  • avatar
    Davekaybsc

    For everyone moaning about the screens, try using the climate controls in the previous gen C7 A6 without looking at them. The design was terrible. There was no fan speed knob or set of buttons. Instead, there was just a TINY “fan” button. To adjust the fan speed, you had to first press that button, and then the temperature knob became the fan speed knob for a few seconds. It was clunky and distracting, and there’s a reason why literally no one else does it that way.

    Meanwhile, the area right in the middle of the dash just under the CD slot typically has 3 or 4 blank buttons in that car depending on options, because Audi is terrible at interface design. It would’ve been incredibly easy to build in two large temp knobs and two sets of fan speed buttons if they had put in any real thought to intelligent use of the available space.


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