The Detroit Auto Show is pretty much the annual debutante ball for new models coming in fall. Audi is showing off some cars, like the Allroad wagon and a new turbo V-6 A8.
A8 loses power, gains efficiency
Fuel efficiency is the name of the game these days, and more firms are ditching larger motors for the sake of turbocharged but efficient smaller ones. Audi, in a bid to boost its sales in the U.S., recently showed off the 2013 A8 at the Detroit Auto Show.
The new flagship luxury performance car, according to AutoBlog, is getting a 3.0-liter turbo V-6, dubbed the 3T. The new plant will produce 333 horsepower, compared to 373 in the previous model, and comes with stop-start technology, which shuts the engine down during stop-and-go traffic.
According to Car and Driver, getting an eight-cylinder model will require upgrading to the S8. Fuel economy should be a slight boost over last year’s A8, which got 18 miles per gallon city and 28 on the highway. A diesel model is also on the way.
Allroad wagon back with a vengeance
Audi has also revived the Allroad, Audi’s rough-and-tumble wagon. According to AutoWeek, the Allroad hasn’t been sold in the U.S. since 2005, when it was phased out in favor of the A4 Avant. The previous edition, according to the Chicago Tribune, was based on the A6 but the new version is based on the A4.
The new Allroad is powered by the 2.0T four-cylinder engine, producing about 211 horsepower. It comes with an eight-speed transmission and, naturally, Audi’s Quattro all-wheel-drive system. Unlike the A4 Avant, the Allroad isn’t just an A4 with an extra bit stuck on the back; the Allroad has a larger ground clearance, the suspension having been lifted to give it an extra 1.5 inches.
The car also has 27 cubic feet of cargo room, which is expandable to 50 if the rear seats are folded down.
Could be a hit
Assuming the Allroad gets similar mileage and is priced similarly to the Avant model it replaces, it should be competitive among other premium wagons, most of which cost more and get worse mileage. The A4 Avant has the same engine and gets 21 mpg city, 29 highway, and the base Avant starts at $36,400.
The most premium Subaru Outback trim starts at $31,695, but gets worse mileage — 18 mpg city, 25 highway. The closest BMW wagon is the 328i xDrive Wagon, which starts at $39,500, which gets up to 17 mpg city, 26 highway on models with the automatic transmission.
Volvo discontinued the V50 wagon, but all-wheel-drive is an option on the base XC70 crossover wagon, which brings the cost up to $34,950 on the base model, which gets 18 mpg city, 24 highway with all-wheel-drive and the base 3.2-liter V-6. Mercedes’ E-350 4MATIC wagon, starts at $57,150 and gets 19 mpg city/27 mpg highway. Cadillac’s all-wheel-drive CTS Wagon starts at $40,915 and gets 18 mpg city, 26 highway.
Chicago Tribune: http://www.chicagotribune.com/classified/automotive/sns-2013-audi-allroad-up-close-20120109,0,5538233.story