Introducing the new Audi A6 allroad quattro
20 years after its debut, the fourth generation of the Audi A6 allroad quattro is being launched. With standard all-wheel drive, adaptive air suspension and increased ground clearance, it is just as much at home on the road as it is off. The powerful V6 TDI engine offers ample pulling power for up to 2.5 tons of towing capacity. Thanks to its distinctive look and even more customised equipment options than the predecessor, the A6 allroad quattro appeals to customers that appreciate the combination of powerful design, extraordinary versatility and high comfort. “Town, country, river” – extensive suspension features for on-road and off-road.
The A6 allroad quattro body is up to 45 millimetres higher than the A6 Estate. The ground clearance at standard ride height is 139 mm, underscoring its off-road qualities. The A6 allroad quattro is equally powerful when used as a towing vehicle with the ability to tow up to 2.5 tons.
The adaptive air suspension with controlled damping comes standard in the Audi A6 allroad quattro and was tuned specifically for the A6 allroad quattro to boost its off-road capabilities. It adjusts the ride height depending on the road speed and mode set in the Audi drive select system. In auto and comfort modes, the A6 allroad quattro sets off at standard ride height with a ground clearance of 139 mm, whichcan be actively adjusted with a speed-dependent control strategy. If the highest ride height is selected and the speed is max. 35 km/h, the body is raised 45 mm. The body is lowered automatically when this speed is exceeded. At speeds above 120 km/h, the ride height is lowered by 15 millimetres.
The new A6 allroad quattro features an off-road look that is even more striking than on the predecessor model. This exterior and the individual, versatile interior solutions emphasise the new model’s strong character. Special attachments on the body bring to life the robust charm of the new A6 allroad quattro. The wide, low Singleframe with its vertical aluminium struts dominates its front end. The blade and the underbody protection gleam with their aluminium-look finish. The allroad-specific roof rails mounted on bars and the window slot trims, the underbody protection as well as the diffuser trim and the band between the rear lights are finished in a choice of black or aluminium look.
Two optional packages further hone the look: the aluminium exterior package and the black styling package with dark attachments and trim strips. The paint range for the new Audi A6 allroad quattro comprises eleven colours, including the new allroad-specific colour gavial green, which takes its cue from the specific colour of the first model in 1999.
For discerning requirements – drive, suspension and equipment
The A6 allroad quattro targets a distinct customer group that appreciates the versatility of the allroad with its exclusive equipment lines and details, powerful six-cylinder engine and model-specific suspension tuning. High torque for high pulling power – Audi offers the new A6 allroad quattro in Ireland with a V6 TDI engine.
In the A6 allroad quattro 50 TDI*, the engine produces 286 PS and delivers 620 Nm of torque between 2,250 and 3,000 rpm. The car can go from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.9 seconds with a top speed of 250 km/h (regulated) with a fuel consumption of 5.9–5.8 litres per 100 kilometres (156–152 grams CO2 per kilometre)**.
The TDI unit comes standard with Audi’s mild hybrid technology (MHEV = Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicle), which makes driving even more convenient and can reduce fuel consumption in real driving conditions by up to 0.4 litres per 100 kilometres. It works on the basis of a new 48-volt main electrical system.
The TDI unit transfers its power through an automatic eight-speed tiptronic box. The wheel-selective torque control is the ideal complement to the quattro permanent all-wheel drive system that is also fitted standard. When driving at speed, it brakes the two wheels with reduced load on the inside of a bend slightly before they can begin to spin. The drive torque is redirected to the wheels with better traction as a result.
The new Audi A6 allroad quattro is 4.95 metres long, 1.90 metres wide and 1.50 metres high. The wheelbase of 2.93 metres provides the basis for generous amounts of space including extensive elbow room in the front and rear and spacious knee room in the rear. Like the A6 Estate, it offers a luggage capacity of between 565 litres and 1,680 litres with the rear seats folded down. The rear seats can be split-folded 40:20:40 as standard. Standard equipment also includes the electric tailgate and the automatically opening luggage compartment cover. A rail system, a tensioning strap, a net and two bag hooks also form part of the standard specification.
Digital native – infotainment, connectivity and driver assistance
The A6 allroad quattro features the same extensive infotainment range found in its A6 and A7 sister models. The all-digital operating system comprises a top large screen – measuring 10.1 inches in the top-of-the-line version – used to control the infotainment. On the 8.6-inch display, the driver operates the climate control, the comfort functions and the text input. The natural-language voice control uses both onboard information as well as knowledge from the cloud to process all input. Optionally the new A6 allroad quattro also includes the Audi virtual cockpit – its 12.3-inch display is controlled with the multifunction buttons on the steering wheel. It is complemented by the likewise optional top-of-the-line infotainment control center – the MMI navigation plus including LTE module and Wi-Fi hotspot. The navigation learns based on previous journeys and can provide the driver with suitable suggestions when choosing a route.
The new Audi A6 allroad quattro is due to go on sale in Ireland later this year.