Audi A6 takes on the rough stuff
17 January 2012, 12:15
The third generation of Audi’s road 'n rough-ground Avant promises to build on its predecessors’ go-anywhere appeal, although Africans will again miss out on the opportunity to experience it.
Compared with the first two generations of the Allroad Avant, the latest model is 4.94m, 1.9m wide and, at 1.47m tall, 6cm higher than the regular Avant wagon. Through Audi’s use of aluminium and other light construction techniques, the total weight has apparently been reduced by as much as 70kg from the previous model.
The brawnier wagon has additional distinguishing features, too: extended sills, flared wings, stainless-steel belly protection, roof rails and two flattened tailpipes.
Brown is exclusive to the A6 Allroad quattro.
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Its interior is more spacious – thanks to a 2.9m wheelbase – and has Audi’s MMI as a standard along with the automaker’s driver’s information system with an efficiency programme.
BIGGER BODY = SPACIOUSNESS: A longer wheelbase signals more space for occupants and goods.
The luggage volume grows from 565 to 1680 litres and comes with a range of standard and optional features to increase its practicality, among them a rail system with which to divide the luggage compartment, tensioning straps and a double load floor.
Audi’s adaptive air suspension comes as standard and lowers the body by 15mm at high speed and raises it by 35mm at the push of a button.
This allroad mode is suitable for rough terrain although the driver can select a lift mode at low speeds where an additional 10mm enables the Audi to also handle major irregularities in the road surface.
A hill-descent assist function limits the speed to between 10 and 20km/h, depending on the surface. A new MMI function shows the car’s pitch, while additional A6 Allroad features include internet access, radar-based adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and parking sensors.
Audi SA confirmed that “preliminary studies” were conducted on the A6 Allroad, but it was not approved for Africa.