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The new Audi A6 allroad quattro – a car that knows no boundaries

Ingolstadt - The first two generations of the A6 allroad quattro from model year 2000 and 2006 were already huge successes – Audi now carries the line into its third generation. With its universal talents, the new A6 allroad quattro takes the sporty character of the A6 Avant one step further: It forges ahead, even where the asphalt ends. Its four engines develop between 150 kW (204 hp) and 230 kW (313 hp), summoning their superb power with convincing efficiency.

Measuring 4.94 meters (16.21 ft), the new Audi A6 allroad quattro is closely related to the A6 Avant yet projects its own, rugged style in a great many details. Its lightweight body, which incorporates large areas of aluminum, provides slightly more ground clearance. Its design has been noticeably reworked; the slats in the single-frame grille run from top to bottom, for example. Audi also offers the headlights in Xenon plus or LED technology.

For the exterior and spacious interior, the Audi designers have created custom colors and new materials for the seat covers and trim. The luggage compartment provides a volume of 565 to 1,680 liters (19.95 to 59.33 cu ft), along with practical features such as a load-securing kit. An optional automatic tailgate combined with a retractable electric luggage compartment cover makes loading even easier.


For driving on rough terrain, a tilt angle display and hill descent assist come standard. Audi offers a number of features for maximum comfort and convenience, culminating in the head-up display and seats with a ventilation and massage function. The range of infotainment modules tops out at the versatile MMI navigation plus and the full-sounding Bang & Olufsen Advanced Sound System. The latest member of the Audi family bests the competition with its Audi connect Internet services as well as its capable driver assistance systems.

The Audi A6 allroad quattro is launching onto the market with four powerful V6 engines. The TFSI and the three TDI units develop between 150 kW (204 hp) and 230 kW (313 hp) and outperform their predecessors in fuel economy by up to 20 percent. Depending on the engine, the seven-speed S tronic or eight-speed tiptronic transits power to the quattro permanent all-wheel drive, which works together with the torque-vectoring system. Upon request, Audi will add to it the sport differential, which actively distributes torque to the rear wheels.


Two standard features of the new A6 allroad quattro are the Audi drive select dynamic handling system with “efficiency” mode and adaptive air suspension. The air suspension with controlled damping varies the ride height of the body to suit current requirements. The standard equipment includes 18-inch wheels, with 19- or 20-inch wheels available on request. The electromechanical power steering is highly responsive and efficient, and Audi will soon offer dynamic steering with variable gear ratio.

Sales of the generously equipped Audi A6 allroad quattro began in Germany in December 2011. The 150-kW (204-hp) 3.0 TDI lists for 54,600 euros.

Photo: Audi

(March 26, 2012)

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