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INGOLSTADT, Germany — Audi has released details of the new A6 allroad quattro that it first unveiled in March at the Geneva Motor Show, but the automaker still is hedging on plans to market the all-wheel-drive wagon in North America.
The second-generation allroad quattro represents a step up from the original model that was launched in 2000 as a stopgap until Audi could ready its own true SUV. With the arrival of the Q7 and the strength of the standard A6 Avant wagon, however, Audi now believes the A6 allroad quattro would be superfluous in North America.
The A6 allroad quattro is similar in concept to the Volvo XC70 Cross Country — a high-performance off-roader derived from a standard wagon, with the same sort of distinguishing design cues and dynamic enhancements.
For the European market, the A6 allroad quattro offers a choice of two direct-injection gasoline and two diesel engines. The top power plant is a 4.2-liter V8 that delivers 350 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque and is mated to a six-speed Tiptronic gearbox.
Features include adaptive air suspension, electronic stability program, choice of 18- or 19-inch wheels and tires, and such options as adaptive cornering lights, rearview camera and keyless access.
Prices in Europe start at just over $59,000.
What this means to you: The original allroad quattro never found many American customers, so Audi has elected to hold the new A6 iteration back from these shores.