An upgraded variant of Audi’s Avant wagon, the allroad was created during the onslaught of car-based utility vehicles. Developed as a fusion of a sport wagon and a sport utility vehicle, the Audi allroad was introduced in Europe in 1999 but arrived in North America for the 2001 model year. Based on the A6 Avant, the 2001 Audi allroad was exclusively equipped with quattro all-wheel drive and features a taller 5.6-inch ground clearance. A standard air-adjustable suspension system was also found on the 2001 Audi allroad allowing the vehicle’s height to be augmented to the terrain.
Along with the aggressive all-wheel drive personality, the 2001 Audi allroad also featured a large amount of luxury hardware including dual-zone climate control. Propelled by a 250-horsepower, turbocharged 2.7-liter V-6 engine, the 2001 Audi allroad could be mated with a five-speed automatic or a six-speed manual transmission. In 2004, Audi’s 4.2-liter V-8 engine became available on the allroad wagon. Classified as a wagon, the Audi allroad predated the German luxury car manufacturer’s entrance into the crossover vehicle marketplace. Ahead of the debut of the Q7 crossover, the Audi allroad was discontinued in the United States after the 2005 model year.
For the 2013 model year, an all-new Audi allroad returned to North America with modern focus on both utility and luxury based on the A4 sedan. Powered by a TFSI 2.0-liter engine connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission, the all-wheel drive 2013 Audi allroad is wider than the typical A4 and features distinctive touches such a stainless steel skid plates. For 2014, engine output from the turbocharged powerplant increased from 211 to 220 horsepower.