Audi A4 Allroad Quattro Brings Rugged Wagon Looks to Detroit
Extra body cladding and raised ride height do not an SUV make.
Though we're still sad that we don't get the wagon version of the Audi A4 in the U.S., this butched-up, crossover-like Allroad is the next-best thing. The newest version of the A4 Allroad, based on the B9-generation Audi A4 Avant, makes its debut at the Detroit auto show and should come to the U.S. later this year.
The formula for the Audi A4 Allroad Quattro is the same as ever, with plenty of extra body cladding, larger fender flares, and a 0.9-inch ride-height increase that affords 1.3 inches of extra ground clearance over the standard A4. The Allroad otherwise shares its basic look, along with its MLBevo underpinnings, with the 2017 Audi A4 sedan that debuted last year.
The Allroad Quattro also uses the same powertrain lineup as the A4, which, at least for the European market, includes a whole range of four-cylinder diesel and gasoline options. The U.S.-market car will most likely use the 252-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder also found in the A4 sedan that's coming to our shores. Quattro all-wheel drive will be standard on the Allroad, and the Audi Drive Select chassis control gains an "offroad" driving mode.
There aren't too many changes to the Allroad's interior compared to the A4, as both cars feature the latest generation of Audi's MMI infotainment interface. The wagon body does afford quite a bit more cargo space, with 17.8 cu ft behind the second row and a total capacity of 53.3 cu ft with the rear seats folded—that's only a few cubes short of the current Audi Q5 crossover, and considerably more space than the Allroad's closest competitor, the Volvo V60 Cross Country (43.8 cu ft with seats folded).
Look for more U.S.-spec details to come on the Audi A4 Allroad Quattro, which may be called just "Allroad" in the states, like the model it replaces.