Joining the all-new 2017 Audi A4 and its hotter S4 Sedan sibling in showrooms this fall will be the 2017 Audi A4 Allroad. Based on the A4 Avant Wagon – a model that that’s not slated for the U.S. -- this more active-lifestyle variation on the theme shares the same A4 platform A4 but boasts its own suspension tuning and exterior styling plus the automaker’s Quattro AWD system to effectively set it apart from the Avant. It’s positioned as a more upscale alternative to the Subaru Outback.

Like the A4 Sedan, the Allroad is fitted with the latest version of Audi’s 2.0-liter TFSI turbocharged 4-cylinder that makes 252 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque. Here, too, it’s backed by the new 7-speed S Tronic dual-clutch automatic  mated to a new-and-improved Quattro all-wheel drive system that now features an electronic multi-plate clutch and a decoupling rear-axle differential to permit fully variable torque distribution to improve handling under all driving conditions. While EPA figures are still TBD, Audi says the new A4 Allroad can sprint from 0-60 mph in a brisk 5.9 seconds. 

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To give it more potential when the pavement ends, ride height on the new Allroad is raised 1.3-inches helped in part by taller tires on its 18-inch alloy wheels.  The Allroad also has adaptive dampers on its 5-link suspension -- a feature that’s optional on A4 Sedan -- as well as a “robust” underbody guard. Reinforcing its more aggressive character is a unique grille treatment with vertical bars, aluminum roof rails and protective wheelarch overlays along with LED-infused lighting that can be upgraded to full LED headlamps.  

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Inside, the Allroad’s cabin offers the same design flourishes found in the A4 Sedan including standard equipment like power front seats, a multifunction steering wheel and tri-zone climate control. Options include Audi’s Virtual Cockpit, a color head-up display, 775-watt Bang & Olufsen 3D Sound Space audio package and three Audi Connect packages. Like the A4 Sedan, the new Allroad also can be had with adaptive cruise control and a full range of advanced driver-assist features.

Audi will offer its newest A4 family member in three trim grades. The 2017 A4 Allroad Premium will start at $44,950 with the Premium Plus model opening at $47,950 and the range-topping A4 Allroad Prestige kicking off at $52,350.

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