Audi A6 allroad revamp for 2019


07 June 2019

AUDI has revealed the latest incarnation of its allroad version of the A6 Avant, which is due here in August with prices expected to start at about £55,000.

The allroad is a four-wheel drive version of the A6 Avant upon which it is based, with a higher ride height and greater ground clearance.

It is aimed at those who want a rugged estate car capable of venturing off road, but without the sheer bulk of a full-blown SUV.

The all-road is not simply higher but boasts a revised suspension set-up plus technologies that are specifically aimed to driving off tarmac.

There are adaptive dampers that effectively raise and lower the vehicle according to the sort of terrain it is crossing and the speed at which the vehicle is travelling.

Among the optional extras linked to this is rear wheel steering to give the driver even more precise control and manoeuvrability.

This is in addition to hill descent control, an enhanced form of anti-lock brakes and even a vehicle-angle system that warns the driver if the vehicle’s ride angle is becoming perilous.

To make it look the part the allroad gets blistered wheel arch extensions, a bolder front bumper, side skirts, roof rails and a bigger rear bumper incorporating a diffuser.

There are new 18-inch alloy wheels plus the option of larger-diameter

21-inch wheels in addition to a panoramic sunroof, head-up driver’s information display, plus heated and ventilated front seats.

In addition to the usual superficial styling tweaks aimed at persuading punters to opt for the latest model, there are significant new engines mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission system.

The 3.0-litre V6 mild-hybrid diesel comes with a choice of three power outputs starting with a 228bhp unit generating 500Nm of pulling power.

Then there is the 282bhp version with 620Nm of torque, plus the flagship beast with 342bhp and a whopping 700Nm of torque for those wishing to haul particularly heavy trailers.

Audi says that its mild-hybrid system achieves economy of about 45mpg with CO2 emissions from 156g/km, and the vehicle can travel on battery power alone at traffic speeds of up to 15mph.

The newcomer goes on sale in its native Germany from this month, with first deliveries to its hugely important UK market from August.