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Preview: 2009 Audi A4 AllroadEnlarge Photo
The Audi Allroad, based on the mid-sized A6, is essentially a jacked up version of the standard wagon with protective plastic side cladding and a quattro AWD system. The car is designed for those individuals who want off-road capability but aren’t willing to upsize to full-on SUV. To expand its product portfolio, Audi plans to launch a new Allroad model based on the recently launched B8 A4.
New features the A4 Allroad could adopt include pneumatic air suspension, a dual-clutch transmission and a new 2.0L turbodiesel engine. Power levels would range from 143hp and 320Nm of torque to 170hp and 350Nm of torque. A range topper could also be launched with 204hp and 400Nm of torque available.
Test-mules of a jacked up A4 sporting some distinctive black plastic cladding over the wheel arches have been spotted in Sweden and now this latest rendering gives us a glimpse as to what the final production version will look like. Like the A6 Allroad, the new A4 version will be based on the Avant wagon model but features non-color coded bumpers and an aluminum undertray up front.
Audi is yet to confirm the Allroad’s existence but considering the A4 Avant will be launched next month, and Allroad prototypes have already been spotted, we should see the new model sometime before the end of the year.