Spyshots: 2016 Audi Allroad Quattro Prototype Still Not Showing Much

Even though test engineers went to huge lengths to cover up this test prototype from tip to toe, the only thing about it that's different is the height of the suspension system. But we can say with absolute certainty that this is indeed a test prototype for the A4 allroad, scheduled to be revealed at the next Geneva Motor Show.
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Of course, the allroad version won't be radically different to the regular Avant. However, a full body kit will be designed with off-road users in mind. Underbody protection and plastic bumper covers will ensure the A4's soft bits are protected from rocks and other hazards. A new chrome grille with more horizontal lines and silver roof rails could also be used to differentiate the models.

The already complex onboard electronics of the 2016 A4 will receive upgrades meant to help you cope with loose traction conditions. For example, the ABS brakes will be tuned to "dig in" finding the harder surface underneath gravel surfaces. The throttle response will also be different.

But fret not, the A4 allroad will also be a decent autobahn cruiser, thanks to numerous Audi Drive Select modes, ranging from comfort to sport. The big question remaining is if the car will also be available with an optional air suspension system, like the A6 allroad and the Q7. This could lower the car for high-speed runs and raise it for better clearance, but we have no way of knowing if it will be available.

What engines will be available?

The spy photos pretty much confirm that the 2.0 TFSI petrol engine will be available, since it's the only one of the current roster fitted with symmetrical dual exhaust. But the bulk of sales will come from the 2.0 TDI, which will be available with either 150 or 190 PS.

More extreme diesel fans should be allowed to choose between two versions of the 3.0 TDI with 218 and 272 PS, the last of which will be available with a limited-slip differential at the back. Most engines will be matched to a 6-speed manual or 7-speed S tronic (twin-clutch), but the ZF 8-speed auto will be used by the torque-intense V6.
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