2012 Geneva Auto ShowJust the Facts:
- The new A6 Allroad Quattro goes on sale in Europe this spring, priced from $70,000, but there are no plans to sell it in the U.S., Audi tells Edmunds.com.
- Fuel economy on the third-generation A6 Allroad is improved by as much as 20 percent.
- European customers can choose from one gas and three turbodiesel 3.0 V6 direct-injection engines.
INGOLSTADT, Germany — The new A6 Allroad Quattro goes on sale in Europe this spring, priced from $70,000, but there are no plans to sell it in the U.S., Audi tells Edmunds.com.
Instead, U.S. customers can look for the new A4 Allroad here in June. Prices haven't been announced.
In response to a query from Edmunds.com, an Audi of America spokesperson said, "We won't get the A6 Allroad in the U.S."
Photos of the third-generation A6 Allroad were released this week in Europe, ahead of the car's official debut in early March at the 2012 Geneva Auto Show.
The big all-wheel-drive wagon gets new sheet metal and revised cockpit. European customers will be able to choose from one gas and three turbodiesel 3.0-liter V6 direct-injection engines.
The top engine is a twin-turbo 3.0 TDI that makes 308 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque. Mated to an eight-speed tiptronic transmission with paddle shifters, the muscular diesel propels the A6 Allroad from rest to 60 in less than 5.6 seconds. The other engines come with Audi's seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch automatic.
The Allroad edition is distinguished from the standard A6 Avant with such visual cues as more prominent wheel arches, flattened exhaust pipes and trim strips on the side sills. Wheel arches, sills and bumpers are painted a contrasting color, and Audi offers an optional aluminum exterior package.
The A6 Allroad stands 2.4 inches taller than the A6 Avant, with more ground clearance, and gets stainless-steel front and rear skid plates, as well as adaptive air suspension that can lower the car by 0.6 inch or raise it by 1.4 inches, depending on speed and terrain. The car rides on 18-inch wheels and tires, with 19- and 20-inch combinations available.
The A6 Allroad's cockpit features black carpeting and instrument panel, with optional aluminum inlays. Among the options are a head-up display, hard-drive-based nav system, ambient LED lighting, ventilated massage seats, four-zone automatic climate control, panoramic glass roof and Bang & Olufsen premium audio system with 15 speakers.
Among the available technologies are radar-based adaptive cruise control, active lane assist, side assist, night vision, driver drowsiness detector and 360-degree park assist.
Edmunds.com says: With limited sales potential in the States, few of the Europeans will be offering luxury wagons here any time soon.