2012 Detroit Auto Show: 2013 Audi A4 Allroad returns to the United States

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 10, 2012

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.

The Audi A4 has a chassis that you can describe as striking, sporty and precise. It offers passengers outstanding ride comfort while also helping to keep you safe. The mounts for the rear suspension control arms as well has the shock absorber characteristics have been given more fine tuning, on top of using aluminum to create most parts of the rear suspension's trapezoidal link and the five-link front suspension.

Also, all models have a new electromechanical power steering. This needs no energy for straight ahead movement, so fuel savings can be improved by as much as 0.3 liters for every 100 kilometers while carbon dioxide emissions are lower by up to 7 grams per kilometer.

You can also get the Audi drive select, which separates the Audi A4 from other vehicles in its class. With the basic Audi drive select, the driver can choose from four modes: efficiency, comfort, dynamic, and auto. This would help you change the settings of the accelerator, the automatic transmission, air conditioning and power steering. When paired with the onboard navigation system, you get one additional setting: the individual mode.

Further, you can opt to get optional modules such as the cruise control system, the sport differential, dynamic steering, and adaptive cruise control. The gear ratio may also be adjusted using the superposition gear depending on the speed of the car. Oversteering or understeering may also be corrected with small interventions at handling limits.

The Audi A4 has a front wheel drive version that has the electronic stabilization program, which in turn features electronic limited slip differential. When you are in dynamic driving mode, the system helps enhance safety and handling by applying small brake interventions. These interventions work on the front wheels that are subjected to a lower load when it is inside the curve. The big wheel brakes have ventilated rear and front disks and give you top-notch stopping power.

All Audi A4 models have aluminum wheels that are either 16 or 17 inches in diameter, depending on the engine used. The Audi A4 with 3.0 L TFSI engines have the 18-inch wheels from the 245/40 series tires. You can also get 19 inch wheels paired with 255/35 tires. Out of the 18 wheels available, 4 have new designs. Lastly, the A4 allroad quattro gives you four designs.

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