2012 Audi A6 Avant Not Coming to the US
The carmaker currently sells the 2011 A6 Avant starting from $46,075, but the new model, which should arrive in the European during market second half of 2011, would cost the equivalent of $58,300 - making it unattractive in its segment.
The move follows similar ones from several other premium European brands, including BMW and Volvo, who have reported insufficient interest from US buyers, justifying the decision to withdraw their wagons. Mercedes-Benz is, however, going all out and is bringing hell on wheels and a big boot in the form of the 2012 E63 AMG wagon, scheduled to arrive this fall.
The new Avant has the same dashboard layout as the four-door version adding some bespoke options such as a load-through hatch, a fixing set and a power rear hatch. The boot capacity is 19.95 cubic feet as standard with the seats up, and it can grow to an impressive 59.33 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down.
The engine choice in Europe is identical to that of the saloon, as it also includes two petrols and four diesels. The 2.8-liter FSI V6 provides 204 hp, while the bigger 3.0-liter TFSI puts out a meatier 300 hp. The diesel lineup consists of a 2.0-liter TDI with 177HP and a 3.0-liter TDI V6 available in three states of tune, developing up to 313 hp.