Audi has unveiled the latest version of its A6 Allroad – a modified version of the A6 Avant capable of tackling the muddy stuff.
While not offering Land Rover-rivalling levels of off-road capability, the A6 Allroad’s suspension has been raised by 45mm next to the regular Avant, with the model having a ground clearance of 139mm. Adaptive air suspension is included as standard, which can raise the height automatically – depending on scenario.
Further off-road settings, such as hill descent control and tilt angle assist, also aim to give the Allroad genuine ability off the tarmac.
The A6 Allroad’s looks are also convincingly rugged, with the model being distinguished best by its raised ride height, painted plastic wheel arch extensions, silver side sills and underbody protection. Further aluminium details and new roof bars also tell the Allroad apart from the standard A6 Avant.
From launch, the A6 Allroad is available with two V6 diesel engines – a 3.0-litre unit producing either 228bhp or 282bhp. Both are paired to an eight-speed tiptronic automatic gearbox and feature quattro all-wheel-drive. The engines also feature mild hybrid technology that can recuperate energy when the car is decelerating, which helps to reduce fuel consumption.
Sport and Vorsprung trim levels will be offered in the UK, with the latter also coming with all-wheel-steering that aims to enhance stability at speed, and improve the turning circle in tight manoeuvres.
As with the standard A6, the Allroad comes loaded with tech, including a standard 8.6-inch touchscreen, with a 12.3-inch digital cockpit available as an optional extra.
This year marks 20 years since the original A6 Allroad was first unveiled, with the models being particularly popular in rural areas where their light off-road ability proves to be useful. The range has since expanded to a smaller A4 Allroad, too.Find A6 Allroad Prices
The new A6 Allroad goes on sale in August, with prices expected to start from around £55,000.