All New Audi A6 allroad quattro – Off-road just got stylish.

Bob went along to the launch of the A6 Allroad in Neckarsulm, Germany. He was last seen heading down the Autobahn doing some miles an hour, we will have a video out this week of the full launch. Until then you can read all about it here.

· All new 3rd generation of highly successful A6 allroad family launches here in June 2012 priced from €64,080 OTR

· Fuel consumption reduced by as much as 20% compared to predecessor

· High levels of standard equipment including four level adaptive air suspension as standard.

· Four engines available initially – 3.0 TFSI with 310BHP and 440Nm, 3.0TDI with 204BHP and 450Nm, 3.0TDI with 245BHP and 580Nm and 3.0TDI 313BHP with 650Nm.

Audi Ireland today announced price and order information for the third member of its new critically acclaimed, award winning, A6 family; the new C7 A6 allroad quattro. The first two generations of the allroad quattro, launched in 2000 and 2006, enjoyed considerable success, and Audi hopes to build on this in its latest offering by combining its outstanding versatility with even greater efficiency that is reflected in fuel economy improvements of up to 20 per cent. Almost 200 allroads found Irish homes between 2000 and 2011 and Audi is sure that the high loyalty amongst these customers will ensure that this, the third generation of the allroad, is just as successful as the first two.

At 4.94 metres long, 1.90 metres wide and 1.47 metres tall, the latest A6 allroad quattro sits six centimetres higher than the Avant. Like the saloon and ‘standard’ Avant, it has been constructed using the latest Audi ultra lightweight construction principles, with aluminium components making up roughly 20 percent of its body. Total vehicle weight has been reduced by as much as 70 kilograms compared with the previous model.

The new A6 allroad quattro will initially be available in Ireland with a choice of four powerful and highly cultivated V6 engines – one TFSI petrol engine and three TDI units. All are 3.0-litre engines with turbo charging and direct injection. They make use of important technologies from the Audi modular efficiency platform – the start-stop system and innovative thermal management. Their fuel consumption has been reduced by as much as 20 per cent compared with the previous model.

The three variants of the 3.0 TDI produce 204BHP, 245BHP and 313BHP; torque values are 450Nm, 580Nm and 650Nm respectively. The entry-level version achieves a combined economy figure of 46.3mpg, corresponding to 159 g CO2/km. The top of the range 3.0TDI 313 BiTurbo offers a powerful sporty sounding engine. It powers the allroad from 0-100km/h in just 5.6 seconds. All three engines are paired with the seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission. The standard quattro permanent four-wheel drive system is paired with torque vectoring. During dynamic driving this system brakes the wheels on the inside of the curve, which are under a reduced load, before they can slip. This further enhances traction and handling. The optional sport differential distributes the power in continuously variable proportions between the rear wheels.

All cars are fitted with SE equipment as standard and come comprehensively equipped with items such as Milano Leather upholstery, 18” Alloy Wheels, Adaptive Air Suspension, Cruise control, Front and rear park assist, Bluetooth interface, Audi Music Interface, Headlight washers, MMI Radio Plus and light and rain sensors amongst others. The adaptive air suspension, which combines air suspension with controlled damping, comes as standard. It lowers the body by 15 millimetres at high speed and raises it by 35 millimetres at the push of a button. This allroad mode is suitable for rough terrain. Furthermore, the driver can select a lift mode at low speeds. An additional ten millimetres enables the new Audi A6 allroad quattro to also handle major irregularities in the road surface. A hill descent assist function for steep downhill passages is also included. This limits the speed to between 10km/h and 19 km/h, depending on the surface.

Distinguishing allroad quattro features include extended side sills, more widely flared wings and vertical slats within the single-frame grille. Stainless steel guards protect the underbody at the front and rear of the car, and the exhaust system ends in two large, flattened tailpipes. The roof rails are mounted on double bars. The wheel arches, bumpers and sills are painted in a contrasting colour, but can be body-coloured if the optional aluminium exterior package is specified. The colour Java Brown is available exclusively for the new A6 allroad quattro.

Andrew Doyle, Managing Director of Audi Ireland commented, “We are delighted to announce the launch of our all new A6 allroad quattro as part of our exciting new range for 2012. This one of several launches planned for this year as we continue to grow market share in Ireland and reaffirm our position as Ireland’s number one premium car marque.

The new A6 all road quattro combines Audi’s world class engineering with stylish design while offering up to 20% greater fuel efficiency than its predecessor. We are confident that this latest model will match the success of previous generations.”

The all new A6 allroad quattro is available to order from your local Audi dealer now and first customer deliveries can be expected in June 2012.