Safety built in: new ESP generation
All new Audi A6 allroad quattro models come with the latest-generation electronic stabilisation program, ESP 8, developed by Bosch. This system comprises the ABS anti-lock brake system with electronic brake-force distribution EBD and hydraulic brake assist. The traction control system ASR and the electronic differential lock EDL together with the yawing-moment control form the foundation for enhanced ESP safety. The brake disc wiping function is another new feature: when driving in the wet, the brake pads are briefly applied with light pressure to the discs at regular intervals. This keeps the braking system dry, preserving its ability to respond instantaneously at any time.
A new pressure control units allows the advanced version of the ESP system to intervene with even greater precision, particularly when the vehicle is understeering. In the vehicle's "off-road" mode, which is activated by nudging the ESP button in the cockpit, the vehicle has greater traction and brake slip as well as controlled tractive and braking properties. Stabilising intervention takes place later – forward propulsion takes priority. This represents a major contribution to the highly flexible concept of the A6 allroad quattro. Off the beaten track, the A6 allroad quattro boasts an excellent performance while retaining its dynamic on-road characteristics.
This technology predestines the A6 allroad quattro for use off the beaten track, as does the permanent four-wheel drive and the adaptive shock absorber control, which also covers the specific conditions encountered in rough terrain. It is here that the high ground clearance and the generous angles of approach (18.3 degrees) and departure (21.5 degrees) truly come into their own. The A6 allroad quattro has a maximum fording depth of 30 cm. It is well-protected against stone chipping thanks to the underride protectors front and rear and the add-on parts along the vehicle's flanks.
The electromechanical parking brake
The electromechanical parking brake in the new A6 allroad quattro, which is operated via a pull/push control on the centre console, offers considerable practical benefits over and above all the usual functions of a conventional handbrake.
By way of an integral starting aid, the electromechanical parking brake makes it easier to pull away without jolts or rolling backwards on an incline. The system calculates the ideal moment for releasing the parking brake on the basis of data such as the transmission position selected, the accelerator pedal position, engine speed and the angle of inclination. On cars with a manual gearbox, the system also takes the position of the clutch pedal into account.
It goes without saying that the electromechanical parking brake also has the emergency braking function stipulated by law: above a speed of 8 km/h the driver can stop the A6 allroad quattro simply by pulling on the switch.
Within just over a second, the system builds up a deceleration force of 8 m/s˛ – far more than with a conventional handbrake as the electromechanical parking brake acts on all four wheels.
Elegant and robust: wheels and tyres
Even the six-cylinder versions of the new Audi A6 allroad quattro come as standard with elegant 8 J x 17 light-alloy wheels sporting a 7-arm rotor design and shod with 225/55 R 17 tyres. The 4.2 FSI rides on 18-inch wheels with a 10-spoke design and size 245/45 R 18 tyres; this same wheel is available as an option for the six-cylinder models. Two-piece cast 18-inch wheels in a 5-arm "Aero" design can be specified as an option in conjunction with any engine.
All of the tyres are 22 millimetres wider in diameter than on the A6 Avant. As an option, 245/45 R 18 all-terrain tyres are available whose special tread pattern ensures better progress off-road. They are approved for a top speed of 210 km/h. In addition to the all-terrain tread, these tyres are especially resistant to any cuts in the tread or the sidewalls. A reinforced underguard for the engine and transmission is also fitted together with the all-terrain tyres. All models come as standard with the Audi tyre mobility system, but may also be supplied with a space-saving spare wheel as an option. A permanent tyre pressure monitoring system can also be found on the list of optional extras.
The standard-specification equipment level closely reflects the premium nature of the new A6 allroad quattro. Aluminium door sill trims and inlays inside the car (in Vavona wood on the 4.2 FSI) speak volumes of the brand's great attention to detail. The seats are upholstered in Taurus cloth, the rear seat has an asymmetrically split folding backrest. The range-topping 4.2 FSI model comes with electrically adjustable seats including a centre armrest, all upholstered in Milano leather.
Deluxe automatic air conditioning with separate temperature controls for driver and front passenger ensures high levels of comfort and convenience. The 4.2 FSI leaves the factory equipped with deluxe automatic air conditioning plus including a whole host of extra functions. The Multi Media Interface "MMI basic", comprising not only the 6.5-inch monochrome display, but also an integrated radio with CD player and speakers, boasts an operating logic whose intuitive design is still unsurpassed by the competition. Front fog lights, a light and rain sensor as well as a headlight washer system make up part of the standard specification too, with the 4.2 FSI adding the driver information system and an anti-theft alarm system for good measure.
The electromechanical parking brake serves both as a starting aid with automatic release of the brakes and as an emergency braking function. The latest-generation electronic stabilisation program incorporates a brake assist function plus a special "off-road" mode. The six-cylinder models ride on 17-inch light-alloy wheels with size 225/55 R 17 tyres and the 4.2 FSI comes complete with 18-inch wheels shod with size 245/45 R 18 tyres.
quattro permanent four-wheel drive, the adaptive air suspension system with its high maximum ground clearance, along with the speed-sensitive servotronic power steering, mean that the A6 allroad quattro can continue to display its expert capabilities far away from tarmac roads. Once there, the bodywork is protected by the add-on parts along the vehicle's flanks and the stainless steel underride protectors at the front and rear.
Sporty and active customers will quickly come to appreciate the double load floor with dirt-resistant tray. The securing rails and adjustable fastening rings together with the aluminium roof rails round off the versatile character of the Audi A6 allroad quattro.
In Germany, the 3.2 FSI costs €50,600, while the 2.7 TDI is priced at €47,600 and the 3.0 TDI at €50,600, with both diesel models including a diesel particulate filter. When the new A6 allroad quattro first goes on sale, the two diesel models and the 3.2 FSI model will be available immediately, all with 6-speed tiptronic. These will be followed shortly afterwards by the 6-speed manual versions of the V6 petrol and 3.0 TDI models, together with the 4.2 FSI.
The selection of optional extras for the A6 allroad quattro also leaves nothing to be desired. A personal touch can be added to the exterior design by opting for the full paint finish, which adds body-coloured bumpers, flared wheel arches and door sill panelling in a matt finish. Further visual highlights include the aluminium trim for the window surrounds and the door strips as well as the aluminium-look roof rails. The optional full paint finish also includes the aluminium styling package, which can in addition be ordered as an optional extra.
A range of interior colours, leather and cloth upholsteries and inlays offer ample scope for transforming every A6 allroad quattro into an unmistakable, one-of-a-kind specimen. A lighting package can be added for discreet illumination of the centre console, the footwells and the door exit area.
The standard MMI basic system can be upgraded to either MMI basic plus or MMI. The system can also be expanded by the addition of extra individual components, including a TV tuner, a speech control system, a DVD navigation system and the camera-aided Audi parking system advanced.
For the ultimate in listening pleasure there is the BOSE surround sound system. The hands-free car phone is linked up to the MMI system by Bluetooth technology.
The optional sports seats for the front, which are also available in an electrically adjustable version, offer excellent support and comfort while the deluxe automatic air conditioning plus system (standard on 4.2 FSI) enhances the well-being of all passengers.
Enhanced visibility is available in the form of the adaptive light system including xenon plus technology. The dynamic cornering light is able to illuminate the way ahead on twisty stretches of road thanks to its pivoting headlights. The xenon plus package also includes daytime running lights and LED brake lights.
The "advanced key" system acts as an electronic access and authorisation system. An electronic pulse generator is incorporated into the key which communicates with the vehicle. The engine can either be started by pressing the starter switch on the centre console or in the conventional way by turning the key in the ignition.
Luggage and sports equipment also travels first class in the new Audi A6 allroad quattro. Numerous ingenious solutions are available to give the roomy luggage compartment even greater versatility– a telescopic bar, for instance, or a retaining strap, cycle rack or storage box. A load-through hatch including ski bag accommodates longer items and the electrically operated tailgate opens and closes at the touch of a button.
18-inch wheels and tyres are optionally available for the six-cylinder models and special 18-inch all-terrain tyres for all engine versions. Any customer wishes that are not already covered by the broad choice of optional extras can be addressed to quattro GmbH, whose "exclusive" programme offers virtually limitless scope for customisation.