2010 Audi A4 Allroad Quattro makes its debut ahead of Geneva

Article by Christian A., on August 25, 2010

Through a taller and tougher variant of the A4 Avant wagon equipped with permanent AWD and off-road capabilities, the brand new A4 Allroad Quattro has extended the A4 range of Audi. Equipped with new features such as a drive select intelligent handling technology, a dual-clutch S tronic transmission and a new communication and assistance systems, the A4 Allroad quattro will be introduced to the world this March at the Geneva Motor Show.

In contrast to the A4 Avant, the A4 Allroad comes with broader fenders, higher ride, more rugged looking bumpers, new front fog lights and air duct housings. The radiator grill, with a single frame, comes with vertical strips in chrome, while the fog lights are enclosed in chrome too. The optional headlights come with LED daytime running lights, and the front and rear of the car are protected beneath by stainless steed underbody guards. =The A4 Allroad has a 4.72 meter lenght with a wheelbase of 2.81 meters, a 1.84 meter width and a 1.5 meter height.

The underbody is 180mm from the ground. Luggage capacity is 490 liters and can be expanded to 1,430 liters and a length of 1.78 meters by the folding down of the split rear-seat backrest, which features an optional load-through hatch with a removable ski bag. The Audi A4 Allroad will come with three choices of engines: one gasoline and two diesels.

These powerplants will be turbo-charged direct-fuel injection and will come equipped with new recuperation system that converts mechanical energy into electrical energy during braking. The 2.0-liter TFSI is the basic engine, and it yields 211hp (155kW) and 258lb-ft (350Nm) and sprints from 0-62mph (100km/h) in 6.9 sec. with a maximum speed of 143mph (230km/h).

The rate of fuel consumption is 29mpg (8.1 liters per 100 km). The next powerplent in line is the 2.0-liter TDI diesel with 170hp (125kW) and 258lb-ft (350Nm) of torque with a sprint rate of 0-62mph (100km/h) in 8.9 sec. with a maximum speed of 132mph (213km/h).

The rate of fuel efficiency is 38mpg (6.4 liters/100 km). The last powerplant is the top of the line 3.0-liter TDI V6 that generates 240hp (176kW) and 369lb-ft (500Nm) of torque and has an acceleration rate of 0-62 (100km/h) in 6.4 seconds and a ceiling speed of 147mph (236km/h) and a 33mpg (7.1 liters / 100 km) fuel consumption rating. Power is channeled to all four wheels through a standard 6-speed manual transmission or the 7-speed dual clutch S tronic option.

Also highlighted on the A4 Allroad is a purely mechanical center differential that spreads power at a ratio of 40:60 to the front and rear axle. When needed, the permanent AWD system can bring up to 65 percent power to the front and as much as 85 percent to the rear. The adjustment of throttle response, Servotronic power steering, and S tronic's shift points in automatic mode are adapted through Audi's new drive select feature.

Comfort, standard and sport mode are available for the driver to select from. Standard features include 17 inch alloys, auto climate control system, roof rails, electromechanical handbrake, and Audi's MMI connectivity. Options on the Allroad consist of a two-part panoramic glass roof, electromechanical tailgate, xenon headlights, and a three-zone climate control system, 18-inch alloy wheels and a 14 speaker sound system from Bang and Olufsen. The Audi A4 Allroad will be on sale beginning in the middle of this year with a 37,100 Euro price tag. No pricing for US markets have been revealed.

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