Wagon Wonderland: Audi A6 Allroad Practically Confirmed for America
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.
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.
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