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Audi A6 allroad 2020: New high-riding wagon confirmed for Australia

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Audi has revealed the next generation of its high-riding A6 allroad wagon, which will land in Australia in the first half of 2020. 

Based on the new generation A6, which is due on sale locally soon, the allroad sits 45mm higher than the standard wagon, and can offer up to 184mm of ground clearance depending on which mode the air suspension is in. 

The styling of the A6 allroad mimics past variants, too, with plastic bumpers and revised front and rear styling for a more off-road look. 

The A6 allroad has a choice of three V6 turbo diesel engines. The A6 allroad has a choice of three V6 turbo diesel engines.

Other off-road tech includes hill-descent control, as well as a tilt-angle assistant that informs drivers of the angle that the car is sitting at. Up to six driving modes are also available to choose from.

Like the standard A6, four-wheel steering is available optionally and allows the rear wheels to turn up to five degrees in the opposite direction to the front wheels to increase maneuverability at speeds of up to 60km/h.

The only available engine is a 3.0-litre V6 turbo-diesel in three tunes: 170kW/500Nm, 210kW/620Nm and 257kW/700Nm. Fuel use is between 5.8L and 6.4L/100km, thanks to Audi’s 48-volt mild-hybrid system, which is capable of recovering up to eight kilowatts of power during braking. That power is fed to a 10Ah battery, which then contributes the power back under acceleration. 

All tunes of the V6 engine are offered only with an eight-speed automatic, which is matched to Audi’s quattro all-wheel drive system as standard. An optional sport differential then further distributes power between the rear wheels.

The A6 allroad cabin is fairly similar to the regular A6. The A6 allroad cabin is fairly similar to the regular A6.

Inside, the A6 allroad arrives with unique trim and colour combinations, with black, beige and brown available to choose from. European variants offer half cloth and leather trims as standard, though Australian models will get full leather.

The A6 allroad gets the same multimedia set up as the regular A6, with a 10.1-inch central touchscreen and a 12.3-inch digital driver’s display. 

Audi is also releasing a special edition, the '20 Years allroad’, which can be ordered in three colours - ‘Gavial Green’, ‘Glacier White’ and ‘Soho Brown’ - and arrive with unique 19-inch wheels, a black styling package, black sports seats, aluminium inlays and illuminated door sills.

The A6 allroad is launching in Australia in the first half of 2020. The A6 allroad is launching in Australia in the first half of 2020.

The A6 allroad will compete with the Mercedes-Benz E-Class All Terrain and Volvo V90 Cross Country when it launches locally in the first half of 2020. Local pricing and specification are yet to be announced. 

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