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Audi reveals all-new A6 Allroad

An off-roader for those who don't want an off-roader...

Audi has released first photos and details for the new A6 Allroad. Meant to be a halfway point between the A6 and the Q5 & Q7 off-roaders, the Allroad has some additional features to cope with light off-roading.

The third generation Allroad variant in the A6 range features a raised ride height of 2.5 inches, contrasting black body trim, a single-frame grille with vertical slats, front and rear stainless steel underbody skid plates and dual exhaust.

Measuring only a few millimetres bigger than the A6 Avant, notable body details include the flared fenders, double bar mounted roof rails and side skirts with aluminium inserts. Although the contrasting two tone color is an Allroad hallmark, full paint finish in combination with an aluminium exterior package is optional. LED technology for the headlights and tail lights are optional as well.

The Allroad certainly looks good, marking itself out over the normal A6 and looking considerably tougher. Most off-roaders only ever go up a grass track or rough pathway so the Allroad makes a lot of sense, providing excellent traction and ability in all conditions without the extra bulk and resultant economy problems of a full size 4x4.

Inside the A6 Allroad features a Santos Brown interior with black carpeting and instrument panel. Optional aluminium inlays are available while the door sill trims are also made of aluminium and engraved with the "Allroad" logo. In the luggage compartment, Audi's load-securing rail system with tensioning straps and a double loading floor are standard.

The new A6 Allroad quattro benefits from a new range of efficient V6 engines giving a reduction in fuel consumption by as much as 20% compared to the previous model. There is one TFSI petrol engine and three TDI units. All are 3.0-litre V6 engines with turbocharging and direct injection.

The petrol V6 turbo has 306 bhp and 325 lb/ft of torque, gets to 62 mph in 5.9 seconds and manages 31.7 mpg while pumping out 159 g/km of CO2.

The 3.0 litre V6 turbodiesel produces 201 or 242 bhp, with 332 and 428 lb/ft of torque respectively. They manage 47.8 and 46.2 mpg.

At the top of the TDi tree sits the 3.0 V6 twin turbodiesel. This produces an impressive 309 bhp, 480 lb/ft of torque and gets to 62 mph in 5.6 seconds while returning 44.1 mpg.

Quattro permanent four-wheel drive with torque vectoring is standard on all models. The twin-turbo TDI engine is available with an eight-speed automatic transmission while the other three engines are paired with the seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission.

The new Audi A6 Allroad quattro will be available in Europe from spring 2012. The base TDi engined variant should cost around £43,500.

Images courtesy of Audi GmbH

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About Tim Oldland

Contributing Editor - Long time petrolhead, automotive design engineer and journalist. Also Social Media Manager for the ecurie25 Group - Tim has worked in the automotive sector for many years, but has been a fan of anything with 2 or 4... read more