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by Tim Beissmann

The Audi A6 Allroad quattro has arrived in Australia, offering consumers in the market for a premium off-roader an alternative to a higher-riding SUV.

Audi Australia says it is bringing just 150 third-generation A6 Allroad wagons down under, with the single, highly specified variant priced from $117,900 before on-road costs – representing an $11,000 increase over the old model.

While the new Audi A6 Avant, that launched locally in June priced from $81,800-$82,900, teams 2.0-litre petrol and diesel engines with a continuously variable transmission and front-wheel drive, the Allroad combines a larger, more powerful diesel engine with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and quattro all-paw grip.

The Audi A6 Allroad’s 3.0-litre TDI engine produces 180kW of power (4000-4500rpm) and 580Nm of torque (1750-2500rpm), propelling the 1930kg wagon from 0-100km/h in 6.6 seconds and on to a top speed of 236km/h.

Despite a 4kW/80Nm performance hike over the previous Allroad, combined cycle fuel consumption falls 16 per cent to 6.3 litres per 100km thanks in part to the adoption of stop-start engine technology, with average CO2 emissions rated at 165g/km.

The Audi A6 Allroad sits 60mm higher than the standard A6 wagon, and is visually differentiated by its flared grey wheel arch covers and lower panel edges, chrome-slatted grille, stainless steel front and rear underbody protection panels, silver roof rails and flattened tailpipes.

Additional exterior features fitted as standard include 20-inch alloy wheels, xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights, electrically folding anti-glare side mirrors, electrically operated tailgate and metallic/pearl-effect paint options.

Adaptive air suspension allows the A6 Allroad to be raised 35mm or lowered 15mm at the push of a button to further enhance its versatility away from the bitumen.

The boot offers 565 litres of storage space with the rear seats in place and expands to 1680 litres with the bench folded forward. The Allroad wagon also boasts a 2500kg braked/750kg unbraked towing capacity.

The cabin sports four-zone climate control, smart key, steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters, black leather upholstery and black cloth headliner, heated electric front seats, and a 10-speaker 180-watt infotainment system with 8.0-inch high-resolution display screen, MMI touchpad, hard drive navigation, 60GB hard disk, two SD card readers and Bluetooth connectivity.

Standard assistance system include cruise control, front and rear parking sensors and a rear-view camera, while a number of other advanced systems are available as an option.

The Audi A6 Allroad launches alongside the smaller Audi A4 Allroad, which is also limited to 150 units and priced from $69,900.

 

Audi A6 Allroad: $117,900 (manufacturer’s list price)

Options:

  • Panoramic glass sunroof – $2980
  • Bose 14-speaker 600-watt Surround Sound – $1950
  • LED headlights – $3350
  • Audi parking system with 360-degree camera system – $1380
  • Active lane and side assist with park assist and adaptive cruise control with pre-sense plus – $6140



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