Coming to the 2009 Geneva Auto Show is the new Audi A4 Allroad. Yeah, it is basically a beefed up A4 Avant. With it you get higher ground clearance, front and rear steel plates (if you do go offroad), flared fenders, new grill, bumpers, and roof rails. In case you had to ask, the Allroad comes with standard Quattro all-wheel drive. Buyers choose from three engines: a 2.0 liter gas turbo four (211hp), a 2.0 liter turbo diesel (170hp), or a 240hp 3.0 liter turbo diesel (TDI’s to VW/Audi fans). Either engine is available with a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual clutch tranny.
If the Allroad name sounds vaguely familiar to you, it should. In North America, the A6 based Allroad was sold here from 2001-2005. The Allroad was Audi’s answer to Volvo’s V70 XC (later known as the XC70). The notion of a tall, rugged wagon as an alternative to an SUV was first popularized by the Subaru Legacy Outback.Ã‚Â
If the Volvo moved the rugged wagon concept upmarket with safety and luxury features befitting its higher price, then the Audi Allroad sought to build upon that, but with much more performance. With a 250hp, 2.7 liter, twin-turbo V-6, the Audi bested the Volvo by a healthy 53hp. It was one bad wagon. But the pricey Allroad never found much of a following here, so when the next generation A6 came out in 2006, the Allroad continued, but not for North America.Ã‚Â
Instead of the more reasonable Allroad, Audi has been giving us the large, heavy Q7 (based on the Cayenne/Touareg), and the slightly smaller Q5. Do you think the new A4 Allroad is better suited for what North American drivers want and need? Speak it! Contact AudiÃ‚Â Ã‚Â and let them know!