Audi introduced a new variant of its Allroad wagon at the Detroit Auto Show. Set to arrive in showrooms in the spring, the Allroad is built on A4 underpinnings and will be the replacement of the Avant variant in Audi's U.S. lineup for the 2013 model year. Audi hasn’t offered the Allroad in the U.S. since 2005. The wagon is powered by a 2.0-liter TFSI engine, which has an output of 211 hp and 258 pounds-feet of torque.
It is mated to an eight-speed Tiptronic transmission and quattro all-wheel drive. It has bold styling features that include a single-frame grille with vertical uprights as well as matte or body-colored wheel arches and bumpers. Its function is boosted with stainless steel skid plates and side sills. It has also received elevated roof rails.
Compared to the A4 Avant, the Allroad is wider, taller and has more ground clearance. Meanwhile, the Allroad has 27 cubic feet of cargo space and when the seats are folded down, there is 50 cubic feet. Its standard equipment includes a panoramic sunroof and eight-way power seats. Heated seats and upgraded audio are optional. A three-spoke steering wheel and paddle shifters are offered in the sport package.