Well, I guess it was inevitable. After announcing the release of the beastly RS6 Avant, and helping to fill the slot above the pedestrian A4 Allroad, Audi decided to bring back the iconic A6 Allroad for the 2020 model year.
The decision is at once practical and nostalgic. The popularity of sedans is notably waning and in its place a raft of alternatives have popped up from SUV's, CUV's, crossovers and my favorite the station wagon/estate wagon/shooting brake depending on what part of the globe you call home. Audi is attempting to meet this demand by bringing back a familiar nameplate to the U.S. - the 2020 A6 Allroad.
I've always appreciated the restrained sensibility of German design and the clean lines and unadorned exteriors which make for an elegant automobile. The A6 is no different. Wheel arches and raised rockers are painted in a muted shade of grey contrasting subtly against the sculpted side skirts. With a refined yet muscular nose and tail there's no mistaking the Allroad for its sedan counterpart. In the interior, an extensive range of infotainment and driver assistance systems are supplemented by a dual pane sunroof, Bang & Olufsen sound system and LED lighting package.
But the A6 Allroad is not just another pretty face. Audi went a step further integrating tons of trick parts and technologies into a comprehensive package. Starting under the hood, the A6 is equipped with a twin turbocharged 3.0 liter V-6 and Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicle (MHEV) system producing a combined 335 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. Expect to see more of this system across Audi's offerings in the future as it moves towards electrifying its portfolio. Taking care of shifting duties is Audi's rapier-like seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission and quattro AWD.
With a name like Allroad, Audi took special care to meet whatever the road and mother nature throws her way. Audi fitted the A6 with an adaptive air suspension and controlled damping to seamlessly adjust between on and off-road driving. Ride height can be adjusted 1.8 inches greater than the standard A6 sedan giving the Allroad a total ground clearance of 7.3 inches.
Six driving modes are available at the push of a button: Auto, Comfort, Dynamic, Individual, Off-Road, and Lift. Additionally, Audi included some nifty features including standard hill descent control, which limits driver speed and brakes individually and selectively as the terrain demands. Tilt-angle assist displays approach and departure angles on a dashboard screen with interactive warning lights if the car is at danger of tipping over. And finally, as has come to be expected, Audi's dynamic all-wheel steering rounds out the package making the car quick and precise.
As for the rest, we'll just have to wait and see when Audi teases us with additional info. But with 2020 quickly approaching, don't expect that to be long. Buckle up!