2016 Detroit Auto Show Live: Audi A4 Allroad Quattro [gallery] image

The second largest luxury automaker in the world, here Germany’s Audi, has officially introduced during the North American International Auto Show the new A4 Allroad Quattro.

While the h-tron quattro concept might sound more interesting with its fuel cell vehicle drivetrain, the real deal is actually the other worldwide premiere of the automaker – the A4 Allroad Quattro. It wasn’t really a surprise outing of this crossover-like station wagon since we already had in the wild the sedan and regular SW, meaning the rugged estate version was practically a safe bet for the new addition to the family. It’s the traditional Allroad recipe: a higher suspension (1.3-inches or 34-milimeter) for increased road travel, some plastic body cladding and the Quattro all-wheel drive system delivered as a standard amenity. Design-wise, we noticed standard 17-inch or optional 19-inch wheels, the plastic covering the bumpers, wheel arches, and side sills, as well as silver roof rails and updated bumpers with an added front diffuser.

Engine range is as wide as it gets: one petrol and five diesel options with the power spanning from 150 horsepower to 272 hp – which is up to 27 hp more than what the predecessor used to offer – you know Audi is the adept of incremental updates (Apple style). Gearbox options include a manual six speeder, a new seven-speed S tronic, or a refreshed eight-speed tiptronic. The Audi A4 Allroad Quattro also has an updated version of the Audi Drive Select that comes with a new off-road mode. By the way, under the body sits an all new rear suspension which has gone from the trapezoidal-link to a more modern five-link construction, with the front also using an updated five-link suspension. A wide array of safety and assistance systems is available, among them included being the all new trailer maneuver assist which uses the MMI (multi Media Interface) controller to “make it easier to maneuver a trailer.” Prices for the A4 Allroad Quattro will start from 44,750 euros in Europe when it reaches dealerships this summer.