A lot of American consumers were disappointed when the Audi Allroad was sent to the guillotine in 2005. Based on the A6 Avant, the Allroad's positioning as a more-than-a-wagon, less-than-an-SUV made it a versatile performer, but middling sales meant that U.S. consumers never got a crack at the second-generation model available overseas since 2006.
Judging by this newest prototype and a similar one spied back in February, it appears that the current Allroad will get an A4 Avant-based kid brother. Spy shots show a such a car testing in the kind of latitude that is home to the Audi A4 Avant's primary competition, Volvo's XC70, not to mention the Saab 9-3X that's right around the corner. With everyone going back to the 'small ball' playbook for a while, maybe Audi has the timing right this time. The only question now is: will it come to the States?
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
But it wasn't the decent balance and handling that really surprised me. Rather it was the fact that my bottom remained comfortably ensconced and free of bouncing and jarring on all but the worst of the rutted countryside tracks that make up much of my journey home.
So why, if Audi has managed to create a soft top that can maintain all these things without sacrificing suspension at the alter of 'sports handling', can they not do the same with the new A4 saloon?