Despite pulling both its A6 and A4 Avants from its U.S. lineup, Audi is not giving up on wagons completely: in their place the automaker will be bringing us the A4 Allroad Quattro not-quite-crossover.
This won’t be the first time that Audi will sell an Allroad model on our shores — it sold the C5-generation A6 Allroad Quattro from 2000-2005. The new A4 Allroad is more like a crossover in the way that Volvo’s XC70 is and the Subaru Outback used to be — a jacked up wagon with additional body cladding and off-road equipment. It has actually been on sale in Europe since 2009, but will be making its debut here in the U.S. for 2013 along with revised versions of the A4 sedan and A5 coupe. The Allroad has been lifted to have 7.09 inches of ground clearance.
Powering the Allroad will be the same 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine found in the A4 and A5 rated for 208 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. Quattro all-wheel drive will be standard, as will an eight-speed automatic.
Pricing has yet to be announced for the Allroad, but expect a number somewhere not far above the $37,275 base price that the outgoing A4 Avant retails for. It goes on sale this summer.
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