In the fight against unnecessary use of the capslock key, Audi debuted two allroad (that’s right. all lowercase) wagons today but only one is bound for the U.S.
The A4 based allroad (the one on top) is coming to the states, with a 211 horsepower turbocharged 4 with 258 pounds-foot of torque, 8-speed tiptronic transmission and quattro all-wheel drive. The A6 allroad is staying in Europe (for now) and is detailed by TopGear.com below:
the new A6 allroad sits six centimetres higher than the standard estate and uses adaptive air suspension, lowering and raising that smart-looking body by 15mm and 35mm respectively when required. Visual indicators come via wider, flared arches, a single-frame grille, roof rails, together with stainless steel covers protecting the front and rear underbody.
It only comes as a 3.0-litre V6; Audi is offering the petrol 310bhp V6 that hits 62mph in 5.9 seconds, and three versions of the V6 diesel, in 204bhp, 245bhp and 313bhp variants. That last unit is a twin-turbo and pushes out 479lb ft of torque, coaxing the allroad to go from 0-62mph in 5.6 seconds.
As the name suggests, you get all-wheel-drive, and Audi has paired the most powerful diesel to an eight-shifter auto, the other three engines using the seven-speed S tronic ‘box.
We haven’t seen the allroad in the US since 2005. Back then it was the A6-based car.
Remember the Cadillac Cimarron?
You don’t? Good. Because that was Cadillac’s first attempt at a small luxury car for the American market. And it was little more than a rebadged Chevy Cavalier. (For those who don’t know the art of ‘badge engineering’ just understand that it’s a Very Bad Thing.)
In the meantime, compact luxury cars exploded in the US with seemingly every upwardly mobile “junior executive” (as Hammond calls ‘em) buying a BMW (3-series), Mercedes Benz (C-Class), or Audi (A4) instead of a homegrown Caddy.
Cadillac was being spanked on its own shores. The homeland wasn’t secure.
So maybe all of that changes with today’s introduction of the Cadillac ATS, their first modern 3-series fighter for The America.
Kicking off the Detroit show’s debuts was a local car [Cadillac] wants to tackle the world’s best. The Cadillac ATS, its maker earnestly believes, will finally get the Americans on level terms with the German big three premium makers. It’s is a direct rival to the 3-series, C-class and A4, at least at home in the USA.
The lead engine is a 2.0 turbo four that kicks out 270bhp, kicking sand in the face of even BMW’s brand-new 245bhp 328i engine. Just to prove it’s aimed at people who don’t just waft down the freeway all day, Cadillac even specced a new six-speed manual box as an alternative to the auto that everyone in the US will surely buy, won’t they?
There’s magnetic-fluid adaptive dampers for the suspension. The body is full of fancy light materials, so the base weight undercuts the C-classes and 3-series of this world.
There are no real instruments and few buttons. It’s all reconfigurable displays, and you do most of the switching by touching and sliding your finger on the tablet-style centre screen.
More at TopGear.com
So what do you think? Would you consider one over the new BMW 3 series?
This is the new Audi A4, and as you can quite probably tell, it looks… pretty much the the same.
This one is a few millimetres bigger. The headlights have also been redesigned. There’s a slight wave at the bottom edges and they have moved around the light furniture inside to give it a different look.
Other slight visual changes include a more arched engine hood, the top corners of the grille have been slimmed down and the Audi rings are highlighted three-dimensionally.
Also, the badass A4-based Audi All Road Wagon is supposedly making it to the States.
Also, Audi announced that they’ve built their 10 millionth mid sized car. That’s a lot of junior executives.
More pics and engine info at TopGear.com