Audi has unveiled its new A6 Allroad. It’s the third iteration of the taller-riding A6, which sits halfway between estate and SUV. It rides 60mm higher than a standard A6 Avant, and gets four-level adaptive air suspension as standard. As you’d hope, quattro all-wheel drive is fitted to all models. It also looks noticeably butcher than other A6s thanks to extended side sills, flared wings, a new grille and roof rails. Initially, there’s three engine choices, all V6s, with one petrol-powered unit – a 306bhp/325lb ft 3.0-litre TFSI, capable of 31.7mpg – and two diesels, 201bhp/332lb ft and 241bhp/428lb ft tunes of 3.0-litre TDI, the most frugal of which tops 46mpg. All engines boast turbocharging and direct injection, and are linked to a seven-speed S-tronic twin-clutch gearbox. Expect an ultra-brisk A6 Allroad equipped with Audi’s 309bhp twin-turbo 3.0-litre V6 TDI at a later date, serving up a 5.6sec 0-62mph sprint via an eight-speed Tiptronic transmission. The four-wheel-drive system is permanent and paired with torque vectoring, which brakes the wheels on the inside of corners to boost traction. Audi’s sport differential – which varies power continually between the rear wheels during cornering – is on the options list. The adaptive air suspension lowers the Allroad’s body by 15mm at speed, and can jack it up by 35mm when rougher terrain approaches. There’s also a hill descent control system for, you guessed it, downhill off-road driving. Inside, there’s the usual plethora of Audi gadgetry on offer, with Bang and Olufsen sound, in-car WLAN internet access, radar-based cruise control and a self-parking system among the options. Expect a wealth of tech options box ticking to substantially add to the A6 Allroad’s list price, though, the range starting at a very reasonable £43,145. UK sales begin in February, with deliveries in spring. Expect to see the A6 Allroad making its publich debut at the 2012 Geneva motor show in March.
New Audi A6 Allroad revealed
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