Audi’s versatile off-road crossover/wagon is headed our way again

A prototype version of the new Audi A6 Allroad has been spotted on a test run, suggesting that we could be close to seeing the new model make its debut. While it does look like an old test mule for the Audi A6 Avant, there’s no question that this is the A6 Allroad given how much higher it rides compared to the Avant and the base A6 sedan.

Exterior

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The A6 Allroad does look like it’s riding slightly higher than the standard A6 Avant

The photos don’t reveal much because of the swirly camouflage, but if you look closer, you will see a few styling hints that are worth mentioning. First, though, is the car’s stance. I can’t measure it accurately based on the photos, but the A6 Allroad does look like it’s riding slightly higher than the standard A6 Avant. It’s not much, but if you compare it to the A6 Avant, you’ll notice that there’s more space between the car and the road.

Aesthetically, the A6 Allroad’s design doesn’t appear to depart too much from the A6 Avant. The signature Audi headlamps and front grille combo are still visibly present in the design of the model. That said, the front bumper looks a little bit wider. It’s the same story with the fenders, which look more flared than usual, and the side sills, which also look to be wider compared to the A6 Avant.

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The raised roofline and the steeply raked screen are practically lifted from the A6 Avant.

Move to other sections of the car, and you’ll notice more similarities with its sibling. The raised roofline and the steeply raked screen are practically lifted from the A6 Avant. Even the model’s taillights and trunk lid look like they were carried over to the A6 Allroad.

It wouldn’t be surprising to see these design elements pop up once all that camouflage is taken out of the car. Rest assured, the A6 Allroad looks like it’s ready to get down to business.

Interior

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The deep panels that prominently showed themselves on the A6 should also be on the Allroad version

We don’t get a good look at the interior of the new A6 Allroad, but it is safe to say that it’s going to share a lot of things with its A6 brethren. That means that we can look at the 2019 A6 for a little bit of guidance on this subject. Fortunately, the A6’s interior is largely new compared to its predecessor. We should expect the same thing when it comes to the A6 Allroad. The deep panels that prominently showed themselves on the A6 should also be on the Allroad version. The new dashboard and center console configuration should also be there. Even the new seats, which come with features like ventilation and a massage function should also find their way into the A6 Allroad.

Then there’s the instrument cluster, which now takes the form of Audi’s new Virtual Cockpit. It’s basically a 12.3-inch digital readout that provides all the vital and pertinent details of the car. As we noted in the A6, drivers are going to take some getting used to when it comes to the Virtual Cockpit. But once they get the hang of it, there’s no doubt that it’s going to be one of the most important new additions to the equally new A6 Allroad.

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Then there’s the instrument cluster, which now takes the form of Audi’s new Virtual Cockpit.

All this new tech goes hand-in-hand with some traditional elements that we can also expect on the A6 Allroad. One, in particular, is the use of premium materials that Audi has used to spice up the interior of its cars, and it shouldn’t be any different on the A6 Allroad. A good amount of premium leather should be expected. Wood paneling is another element that we can chalk up to the Allroad model. Who knows, Audi’s penchant for subtle luxury could also manifest itself in the interior. A lot of things are in play given the slightly bigger space the automaker can play with compared to the standard A6.

Drivetrain

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Unless Audi’s got a surprise cooking for all of us, the powertrain options that will be available on the new A6 Allroad should mirror some of what we can get from the A6 sedan

Unless Audi’s got a surprise cooking for all of us, the powertrain options that will be available on the new A6 Allroad should mirror some of what we can get from the A6 sedan with the exception of the small four-cylinder units. Those engines aren’t coming on the A6 Allroad. That leaves a 3.0-liter TFSI V-6 engine as the likely base engine, the same one found on the A6 sedan. Audi could tinker with the output and offer a unique number for the A6 Allroad, so it could be different from the 340-horsepower and 369 pound-foot figures that we can get out of the A6. That engine is mated to a seven-speed S Tronic automatic transmission so we can also expect something similar to be offered to the A6 Allroad.

A diesel version should also be in the cards, though at this point, it’s unlikely that we’ll get to see one here in the U.S. for reasons that all of us are already familiar with. It could be different in Europe, though, because the A6 could have a diesel engine option in that region. That powertrain features a 3.0-liter, turbocharged, six-cylinder that has 286 horsepower and 457 pound-feet of torque. The engine is mated to an eight-speed Tiptronic transmission and comes with a self-locking center differential. It would be interesting if Audi offers the same engine option and subsequent setup on the A6 Allroad. Just don’t expect this drivetrain to come to the U.S.

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As far as a full hybrid version goes, there’s no indication on Audi’s part that the A6 Allroad will get one

As far as a full hybrid version goes, there’s no indication on Audi’s part that the A6 Allroad will get one. That said, the new engines offered with the A6, including the base four-cylinder and the more powerful V-6, do come with some form of hybrid assistance. The base 2.0-liter four-cylinder, for example, has a 12-Volt system that uses a belt-driven ’starter-generator’ that allows the engine to cut out and restart at speeds of up to 14 mph. It can also switch off and cruise between 35 and 100 mph, instantly restarting when engine power is needed. The V-6, on the other hand, has a 48-Volt system, which uses a lithium-ion battery to store energy that’s recovered during braking, as well as the same features that the smaller 12-Volt system can do. Is the A6 Allroad getting these? There’s a good chance it will.

Audi’s patented Quattro all-wheel-drive system should be featured in all versions of the A6 Allroad.

Prices

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Once again, we’re not going to know about pricing details for the new Audi A6 Allroad for some time. What we can do, though, is use the prices from past versions of the A6 Allroad to estimate how much damage to our wallets the new model is going to inflict. On that end, the predecessor to this new model came with a price ranging from $77,000 to almost $100,000. Look for the new A6 Allroad to cost a little more than those prices on account of all the new materials and new technologies it’s going to carry. Expect the 2018 Audi A6 Allroad to make its debut at the 2018 Paris Motor Show before hitting dealerships sometime in 2019.

Competition

Volvo V90 Cross Country

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The Volvo V90 Cross Country is arguably the most direct competitor of the Audi A6 Allroad. Released in 2016, it didn’t waste time establishing its own identity as a more rugged version of the V90 wagon. Among its many enduring qualities is the new design language that has made Volvo into a household name. More important than that, though, is the powertrain options that are available to the V90 Cross Country. There are a lot of engine options to choose from — four in total — including the base model T5 that comes with 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder that produces 254 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. Next up is the T6, which throws a supercharger into the mix to help raise output to 320 ponies and 295 pound-feet of torque. Diesel versions are also offered on the V90 Cross Country, though I don’t suspect any of them to find their way to the U.S. market anytime soon.

Read our full review on the 2018 Volvo V90 Cross Country.

Subaru Outback

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For the record, the Subaru Outback doesn’t belong in the same class as either the Volvo V90 Cross Country or the Audi A6 Allroad. But it’s here on this list because it’s a much cheaper alternative compared to its European counterparts, a fact you’ll see when you realize that the Subaru Outback actually tops at under $39,000 for the 3.6R Touring model. Its status shouldn’t be taken against it, either. The base unit of the Outback features a 3.6-liter flat-six engine while the bigger 3.6-liter flat-six helps push its power levels up a vicinity where it can legitimately compete against the likes of the A6 Allroad and the V90 Cross Country.

Read our full review on the 2018 Subaru Outback.

Conclusion

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The Audi A6 Allroad has always struck as one of the most versatile models Audi has in its lineup. So yes, I’m pretty excited to see that the German automaker is developing an all-new model that, hopefully, will live up to the reputation of its predecessors. If the new A6 Allroad takes its cues from the A6, I’m not going to be worried about it. The new model looks promising and, for the most part, it also looks like it’s going to be one heck of a ride once it becomes available.

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    • * Pricier than some of its rivals
    • * Is it headed to the US?

Further reading

2019 Audi A6 Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2019 Audi A6.

2019 Audi A6 Avant Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2019 Audi A6 Avant.

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