Detroit: 2017 Audi A4 Allroad

Detroit: 2017 Audi A4 Allroad

Audi‘s 2017 A4 Allroad wagon has made its global debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Based on the A4 Avant wagon, the Allroad Quattro variant adds high-riding suspension with 1.3 inches of additional ground clearance. An ‘offroad’ mode adjusts engine and transmission control, steering and optional adaptive suspension when driving on light terrain.

Like Audi’s other Allroad packages, the A4 variant features flared wheel arches in unpainted plastic. Underbody skid plates, roof rails and unique lower bumpers further reinforce the rugged appearance.

Larger wheels are attached via five-link suspension on the front and back, integrating lightweight materials that slash more than 26 pounds from the axle components.

The A4 Allroad is positioned as an alternative to dedicated crossovers, providing 17.8 cubic feet of storage space in the luggage compartment. With the rear seats folded down, stowage capacity climbs to 53.3 cubic feet.

Audi will offer a wide range of TFSI and TDI engines, with output specs from 150 horsepower to 272 horsepower — an increase of 27 ponies over the previous model. The newly-developed 2.0-liter TFSI mill delivers 252 horsepower and 272.9 lb-ft of torque, bringing the wagon up to 62 mph from a stop in just 6.1 seconds. Power is delivered via a six-speed manual, seven-speed S-tronic or eight-speed Tiptronic gearbox.

The company has not yet detailed pricing or launch dates for the A4 Allroad.