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Tokyo, March 29 2006 — Mitsubishi Motors will announce the North American market version of the Outlander SUV model at the upcoming New York Auto Show. Launched in Japan in October last year, Outlander brings a new-feel product concept that marries mainline SUV functionality and design with sedan-like handling and ride. Outlander has enjoyed strong popularity among Japanese consumers with orders reaching about 20,000 units for the new model in the 5.5 months since its launch — well exceeding the 2,000 unit monthly sales target. To be held at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Centre, the New York International Automobile Show opens to the press and media on April 12 and to the general public on April 14.
The North American Outlander will be powered by a new high performance, low emissions, and low fuel consumption 3-liter V6 MIVEC*1 engine together with a 6-speed automatic transmission to deliver outstanding acceleration and high-speed cruising performance.
The new Outlander offers a choice of drive formats: the electronically controlled 4WD system that has received high acclaim in Japan; and a front-wheel drive version specially tailored to the North American market.
As on the Japan market model, the new Outlander will use a newly design high-rigidity platform that realizes improved impact safety and an aluminium roof panel that lowers centre of gravity and reduces roll inertia for improved handling performance and ride. Outlander also offers outstanding utility performance with a split tailgate ("Flap-fold tailgate") that facilitates the loading of different sizes and weights of luggage and with an available 7-seat layout that features two occasional-use third row seats stored flat under the floor ("Underfloor-stowable compact 3rd row seat"). Outlander also features Mitsubishi's Sportronic steering wheel paddle shifters that allow the driver to change gear manually without having to take his hand off the steering wheel.
Mitsubishi Motors began revamping its car engine line-up in 2004 to a common theme of high performance, low fuel consumption, low weight, and compact size. The new 3-liter V6 MIVEC engine powering the North American Outlander is the fourth new engine in this theme, following the 4A9-type 4-cylinder 1.3 and 1.5-liter units that power the European Colt launched in May 2004 (and the Japanese Colt from October 2004), the 4B1-type 4-cylinder 2.4-liter unit that powers the Japanese Outlander launched in October 2005 and the 3B2-type 3-cylinder 660cc engine that powers the i minicar launched in Japan in January this year.
Like the other members of the new engine line-up the 3-liter V6 MIVEC engine incorporates many advanced features including an aluminium cylinder block, a resin variable air induction system, and Mitsubishi's own MIVEC variable valve timing system to generate best-in-class output and torque. The new power unit achieves this higher performance while being about 25 kg lighter, and realizing about 5% better fuel economy, than its 6G7-type 3-liter V6 predecessor. In addition, the use of a high-performance catalytic converter means that the North American Outlander is expected to receive the Partial Zero Emission Vehicle (PZEV) designation under California emissions standards (according to in house testing).
The Outlander will be joined at the New York International Automobile Show by 9 other models including the new Eclipse Spyder convertible and the 2007 special edition Galant Ralliart mid-size luxury sports sedan due to go on sale this autumn.
Other Mitsubishi Motors models on display at New York International Automobile Show
1. Mitsubishi Concept-X
Unveiled for the first time in North America, the Mitsubishi Concept-X concept model embodies all the exciting qualities of Mitsubishi's hallmark "Driving Pleasure." Exhibited at the 2005 Tokyo Motor Show, Concept-X combines Mitsubishi's advanced 4WD-based Super All Wheel Control (S-AWC*2) vehicle dynamics control system with cool styling that raises the bar on performance looks.
2. Mitsubishi Concept-CT MIEV
The Mitsubishi Concept-CT MIEV 4WD concept car had its world premiere at the January 2006 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. This sports compact concept model uses outer-rotor type in-wheel motors and a high energy density lithium-ion battery system to drive all four wheels together with a gasoline engine in a series-parallel hybrid configuration that delivers higher power and an extended cruising range.
3. Galant Ralliart
Mitsubishi Motors introduced the new Galant exclusively to the North American market in 2003. The mid-size luxury sports sedan features generous and comfortable interior space and an exterior design that gives the car a distinctive road presence.
The 2007 model year Galant Ralliart on display at the New York Auto Show is distinguished by detail changes that give the exterior an even sportier appearance. Changes that raise Galant Ralliart's road performance include a 3.8-liter V6 engine, sports suspension and 18-inch alloy road wheels.
4. Eclipse Spyder
Eclipse Spyder is the open-top version of the Eclipse coupe introduced in 2005 and acclaimed for its sporty performance and dynamic styling. Refinements defining the new third-generation Eclipse Spyder include an automatic soft top that smoothly folds away under a new flush-fitting tonneau panel. Eclipse Spyder is offered in two trim levels: the GT - powered by a 3.8-liter V6 MIVEC engine, and the GS - powered by a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder MIVEC unit.
*1 MIVEC: Mitsubishi Innovative Valve timing Electronic Control system
*2 S-AWC: Built around 4WD mechanics, this vehicle dynamics control system integrates control of drive, braking, steering and suspension systems.
Volkswagen's luxury 4x4 model, the Touareg, has been named the official vehicle sponsor of the prestigious West London Shooting School. To mark the start of the partnership, the Touaregs were showcased on a simulated grouse shoot at the Great Tew estate in Oxfordshire.
The Touareg is as impressive on-road as it is in the mud. Its all-round ability makes it the ideal car to meet the needs of those involved in shooting and other country pursuits. It is luxuriously appointed and equipped, offering features such as leather upholstery, heated front seats, satellite navigation and parking sensors.
Other features such as permanent four-wheel drive, low and high gear ratios, electronic traction control linked to an auto-locking centre differential, hill hold function, descent assist and short front and rear overhangs all contribute to class-leading capability when venturing off the beaten track.
This ability was essential at the shoot on Monday 13 March, when the WLSS launched its new Driven Grouse butts on Great Tew's Raven Hill Moor. In the first simulated grouse shoot of its kind, guests shot clays from a line of eight stone grouse butts.
Founded in 1901, the West London Shooting School (WLSS) is the oldest independent shooting school in the country. Around 8,000 people visit the WLSS each year to practise clay shooting (no live game is involved) and a large proportion of these are 4x4 owners. There is even a 4x4 course on the WLSS's premises in Northolt, London.
This natural fit between product and the sport was the foundation of the relationship between Volkswagen and the WLSS. The West London Shooting School has also launched the ‘Touareg Challenge’, a competition that will run for the next 12 months and is open to all WLSS customers. The challenge will see WLSS clients shoot at a sequence of 20 clay pigeons, the order of which will be changed on a monthly basis. The highest scorer from each month’s challenge will be invited to a Grand Finale to be held at the end of the year, resulting in an overall winner.
Commenting on the partnership, Roddy Richmond-Watson, Director of the WLSS said: ‘Thanks to the generous support of Volkswagen, we are sure the ‘Touareg Challenge’ will be a popular competition and we look forward to welcoming anybody and everybody who wishes to shoot it.
‘The West London Shooting School has always sought to provide the very best for our clients. Whether it be for a private lesson, corporate event or a game flyer day, we strive to offer the ultimate shooting experience. It is with this philosophy in mind that we have joined with Volkswagen UK and the Touareg. In our opinion, it is a remarkable off-round vehicle and is the perfect compliment to WLSS and our clients.’
Volkswagen's Head of Marketing, Rod McLeod, said: 'The Touareg is designed to deliver class-leading performance both on and off the road. I am confident that the Touareg's capabilities will be tested by the WLSS and that it will prove itself a worthy asset.'
* Ford Ranger Tipper available now at £16,800 on-the-road
* 4x4 Tipper with multi-stage under floor tipping gear based on the new Ranger Chassis Cab
* The new pick up truck is the ideal 4x4 solution to moving raw materials on or off road
BRENTWOOD, 15 March, 2006 – Ford's new Ranger Tipper is now available to order and is ideal workmate for every kind of business from farming to roundabout maintenance. The new model is a 4x4 Ranger with a TUV approved rear tipping body with a useful under-body stowage box. The high quality powder coated body is manufactured from corrosion resistant Zinc plated Steel with double skinned Aluminium side and tail-boards.
Gary Whittam, commercial vehicles director, Ford of Britain said: "We are delighted with the way this new model looks and operates. Conversions can often be ungainly but we believe this model is in good proportion.
"Builders, agricultural and forestry workers, playing field and roundabout maintenance teams will all welcome the tipping action and the ability to tow extra equipment such as lawn mowers and trailers. Out in muddy forests and fields the fundamental ability of the Ranger will be a bonus," he added.
The Ranger Tipper is an extension to the market leading Transit "One-Stop" range of ready-for-work conversions. It can uniquely meet operator machinery directive requirements, providing buyers with peace of mind in this increasingly complex legislative environment.
It seems odd writing about driving in snow in March, but as motorists in Cornwall and Scotland recently found out, an unseasonable snowfall can cause many driving problems.
It is perhaps because we are not geared up for snow that it always seems to catch us out.
Respect the weather: if snow is forecast, before you set off, ask yourself if your journey is really necessary. If it is, ensure that you have plenty of fuel, and if you can, put a shovel and some matting in the boot. You may not need them, but together with a vacuum flask and a warm coat, they can make all the difference if you do get stuck.
A mobile phone and membership of a breakdown service are both godsends in bad weather conditions. If your journey has been delayed due to the snow, do not try to make up time by driving faster; find somewhere safe to pull over, ring ahead and then concentrate on driving safely.
Except in extreme cases, motorways are kept free of snow and ice by gritter lorries. They same is not always true of slip roads and hard shoulders, while bridges are particularly susceptible to re-freezing after the initial snow has melted.
Drive on snow as it you are trying to walk on eggs without breaking them. Stay in as high a gear as possible as it will reduce the chances of accelerator movement leading to loss of traction.
Pay close attention to the road surface. If you keep to the left hand lane when snow starts to settle, the weight of traffic will tend to clear the surface. Likewise avoid the right hand lane which will always be the first to become impassable.
When snow or slush accumulates in ridges between lanes, avoid putting your wheels on these unless you absolutely have to.
As a general rule, drop your speed and allow a greater stopping dista
* Tough and modern exterior design
* Completely redesigned interior
* Increased loading and towing capacity
* More durability and more comfort
* More power with all-new 2.5-litre 143PS common-rail diesel engine.
* Improved driving quality
* On sale in Britain September 2006, pricing announced summer 2006.
BRENTWOOD, ESSEX, March 9, 2006: The all-new Ford Ranger pick-up will deliver more power, more style and more durability when it arrives on Britain's roads, quarries and farms this Autumn. The all-new Ranger is a true off-roader which is both rugged and capable in the harshest of environments and yet stylish and comfortable for the driver who needs it to fit their lifestyle as well as their job.
Gary Whittam, commercial vehicles director, Ford of Britain, said: "New Ranger is a very stylish yet durable vehicle. It really deserves its 'tough truck' label, and now offers higher levels of comfort and practicality.
"Sales of Ranger have more than doubled over the last five years and we are confident that the all-new Ranger will attract even more new customers who will certainly feel the difference!"
New Tough Exterior
Immediately noticeable is the imposing new bonnet and wide grille opening which dominate the front, while prominent wheel arches emphasise the Ranger's tough image.
The split front bumper and integrated fog lamps are designed to be protected during off-road driving, while the clean look of the front is emphasized by new clear lens reflector headlamps.
The purposeful profile of the new Ranger is enhanced by attractive new 16-inch alloy wheels with 245/70R16 tyres (15-inch on some models). The new wheel/tyre combinations also provide better grip in all road conditions.
The new Ford Ranger is equipped with an all-new 2.5-litre Duratorq TDCi diesel engine that features a new common-rail fuel injection system. The engine provides increased power from the previous 109PS to 143PS and increased torque from 226Nm at 2000rpm to 330Nm at 1,800 rpm.
The higher levels of refinement of the new TDCi engine deliver a significantly quieter cabin. A Variable Geometry Turbo (VGT) is employed to provide an earlier and more broad torque delivery as well as reduced turbo lag.
The transmission is the proven Durashift five-speed manual transmission.
Reduced Noise, Vibration and Harshness
A key area of improvement is noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) which has been achieved in a number of ways. The engine is quieter due to a new cooling system and very precise fuel injection patterns which are controlled by the advanced computer-managed high pressure common-rail system.
Idle vibration is reduced thanks to stiffer engine and body mounts and a stronger chassis frame. A new door seal system, carpet and panel insulations also help reduce engine and road noise.
New Stylish Interior
The interior of the new Ranger has been completely redesigned. The seats boast a new sculpted seatback, wider shoulders, improved bolster and larger headrest. The angular centre console is finished in silver and chrome detailing continues on the instrument cluster, ventilator grilles, gearshift, window switches and inner door handles.
There are numerous stowage areas in the new Ranger, including five cupholders and an industry-first instrument panel pull-out tray to keep stationery in place. Additionally, a two-bin centre console has the capacity for storing up to 10 CDs, mobile phones and small personal items such as gloves and sunglasses.
All new Rangers feature an integrated radio with an in-dash CD player and MP3 compatibility: an in-dash six-CD player and additional speakers are also available.
Increased Load Area and Towing Capacity
For new Ranger, the pick-up box side wall height has been increased by 60mm to provide class leading load box capacity. In addition, cargo tie-downs have been moved to a lower position to give greater load security and an innovative new shelving facility has been built into the load area. Ranger is capable of carrying a one tonne payload and an increased, substantial three tonne towing capacity – enough to comfortably tow a double horse box, small boat or motorcycle.
Improved Ride and Handling
True to Ford's passion for driving quality, the new Ranger has significantly improved driveability. To deliver improved ride quality, Ranger gets larger suspension upper control arms and spring bushing, larger wheels and all-terrain tyres, larger diameter shock absorbers, and increased leaf spring length to optimise ride quality. There is also a new rear stabiliser, and an improved hydraulic braking system. The new Ranger provides safe and precise handling both laden and unladen thanks to its clever use of progressive damping and carefully tuned spring rates.
Vehicle approach and departure angles have been optimised to tackle the steepest of climbs, while electronic 'shift on-the-fly' allows easy and quick 4x4 engagement whilst driving.
As more and more customers use their Ranger for day-to-day and family transportation, Ford's no-compromise approach to safety ensures that all occupants are equally protected. The new Ranger is equipped with standard front airbags for driver and passenger, plus optional side impacts airbags for the front seats. Seatbelts are equipped with pre-tensioners to ensure maximum passenger protection in an accident. Child seat anchors are also available.
Four wheel ABS anti-lock braking is standard across the Ranger model range, helping to avoid a collision even when towing at full gross train weight.
Extensive Tough Testing
The new Ranger has undergone one of the toughest testing regimes ever undertaken for a vehicle of this type. Proving grounds in Arizona, Japan, Australia, and South Africa were used, in temperatures ranging from -25 to 57 degC. Early production vehicles were subjected to some of the most extreme terrain on Earth including the mountain ranges of Northern Thailand and Laos, the Himalayas in Nepal, the jungles of Borneo, the Australian Outback, Kruger National Park in South Africa and the searing deserts of the United Arab Emirates.
For those customers looking for the ultimate Ranger, the popular 'Thunder' package is available for the new model, with a bright tubular sports bar, chrome side sill bar and rear chrome underbar which complement the Ranger's sporty and tough look. Moving inside, buyers of the Thunder package can enjoy the comfort of leather seats, scuff plates, off-road gauges, six- CD player, air conditioning.
Motorists suffer highest servicing costs in Europe, sub-standard work and overcharging
Sub-standard work and overcharging by some garages and franchised dealers are common according to the Trading Standards Agency.
Complaints about servicing and repairs rank as the fifteenth most common call to the TSA. Charging for parts not fitted, replacing parts not required and carrying out work not requested are common complaints.
Charging for the best engine oil and using the cheapest, some garages syphon the old oil from the engine rather than draining through the sump, it’s easier. Then they put new oil in to the dirty engine – a pointless exercise. And who’s to know?
Mail order specialist carparts-direct.co.uk has a new online service to help motorists carry out their own engine service and avoid becoming a victim. Customers can use their ‘Ask the Expert’ service to enquire on the website for the best solution to carry out what is claimed to be the ‘Ultimate D.I.Y Engine Service’
You can enquire online and you’ll receive an email tailored just for your model of vehicle. The expert recommends how to improve performance, economy and reliability of your engine. The information includes common faults, fitting tips and how long the job is likely to take. A check list is included and a discounted price is offered for the Do-It-Yourself Engine Service Kit – without any obligation buy.
Mark Cornwall of carparts-direct.co.uk said, "Our customers often order products from us and take them to a friend or garage to fit. However, servicing an engine can be simple, our customers can save a small fortune and do a better job with the help of our ‘Ask the Expert’ service. An engine service on most cars will take about an hour. It’s rarely difficult. We even have the books to show how."
UK garage labour rates are now the highest in Europe. Most Audi, BMW and Mercedes dealerships charge well over a hundred pounds an hour. An engine service can cost well over £500. Carparts-direct.co.uk claims its complete ‘Ultimate D.I.Y Engine Service Kit’ which includes extra items not used by a garage costs less than a £100 for most vehicles.
For free advice and to find how to give your vehicle the ‘Ultimate D.I.Y Engine Service’ visit www.carparts-direct.co.uk – or to order call 0870 977 9666.
The annual Heritage Land Rover Weekend will take place during the May Day Bank Holiday weekend (Saturday & Sunday 29-30 April 2006), at the Heritage Motor Centre, in Gaydon, Warwickshire.
This year the show will be opened at midday on Saturday (29 April) by Lynn Bowles, BBC Radio 2 broadcaster. Lynn is an avid Land Rover enthusiast and will be providing commentary during the Show, on the exhibits and entertainment during the weekend.
A weekend of outdoor activities is in store with off-road rides on the Land Rover 4x4 course and Range Rover sport demonstrations by the Land Rover Driving Experience, Terrapod, and plenty of contests, prizes, trade stands and food and craft stalls. Overnight camping is also available over the weekend.
On the Sunday morning (30 April) there will be a cavalcade of over a hundred special classic Land Rovers from the Association of Land Rover Clubs, taking part in the annual Heritage Run from Solihull to Gaydon led by the oldest production Land Rover "Hue", which comes from the largest collection of historic British vehicles on display at the Heritage Motor Centre.
The star of the weekend will be the unveiling of the first Range Rover. This legendary vehicle has undergone extensive restoration over the past year and it will be the first time it has been unveiled to the public in its restored state.
This is a great day out for all the family with lots of fun and games. For more information log on to www.heritage-motor-centre.co.uk
It’s snow surprise the CR-V is the best selling SUV so far in 2006. With refined road manners and an intelligent 4WD system that adapts to all conditions, the Honda is the ideal mode of transport during harsh winter weather.
Combined petrol and diesel sales of the award-winning CR-V top those of any other car in the SUV category, thanks to the vehicle’s superior ride, handling and versatility.
On roads covered in snow or heavy frost, the CR-V comes into its own, offering a safer, more confident drive thanks to its responsive 4WD set-up. As soon as slippage is detected from the front wheels, the clever Honda system shifts power to the rear.
This provides the CR-V with better acceleration and performance on slippery surfaces. It also gives smoother responses and improved performance when accelerating around corners and pulling away from road junctions, or when understeer has set in.
The CR-V features either the acclaimed 2.2-litre i-CTDi diesel engine, or the 2.0-litre i-VTEC petrol unit. Prices start at £17,700.
Not sure if you can help me, but I write for Freedom magazine, the customer magazine for Chrysler and Jeep.
In the summer issue of the magazine, we are planning to do a feature on Chrysler and Jeep owners who have to owners who have travelled great and interesting distances and have a story to tell. The idea is basically to get Jeep and Chrysler readers involved in the mag by allowing them to tell their particular story about themselves and their beloved vehicle.
I was hoping you might have a few Jeep driving club members who would fit the criteria and be interested in featuring in the mag.
At home on all roads and tracks
Audi A6 allroad quattro
The exterior design of the new A6 allroad quattro is closely related to the styling of the Audi A6 Avant; it has the same expressive design language. It is marked by timeless elegance and emotional sportiness, thus consistently continuing the design evolution typical for the brand. Its distinctive look is created by the dynamic styling, the stimulating treatment of surfaces and the gentle lines of the almost coupe-like silhouette.
At the same time, the striking off-road styling elements blend harmoniously into the overall picture. The underride protection made of stainless steel highlights the robust nature of the vehicle. The designers have slightly modified the prominent single-frame grille for use here; the licence plate holder now appears to float in mid-air. Other design features include chrome-plated strips on the vertical grille bars, the newly designed bumpers – in a contrasting colour as standard or optionally matt-painted in the colour of the vehicle – and the larger exterior mirrors that provide a particularly wide field of vision. The new A6 allroad quattro is optionally available with the “adaptive light” dynamic cornering light, with xenon plus headlights and daytime running lights.
Aesthetic lines: strong shoulders, low windows
In profile the body looks elongated; the dynamic rise of the strong shoulder line, the low window strip and the gently sloping roof create this impression. Sturdy door strips, made of aluminium on request, accentuate the dynamic line in the lower area of the flanks. The roof rails, also of aluminium, rest on four supports.
The sill panelling protects from gravel impact and conveys an impression of muscular power, as do the flared wheel arches.
These are painted in a contrasting colour or optionally in the colour of the vehicle and, depending on the engine, house 17-inch wheels or – standard on the 4.2 FSI – 18-inch wheels in three special designs. The tyres are slightly larger in diameter than those on the A6 Avant.
At the rear, the A6 allroad quattro can be recognised by an underride protection made of stainless steel, large exhaust tailpipes and an aluminium-look trim strip in the area of the bumper. Eleven stylish colours underline the expressive design. Three of these are new – Polar Blue, Condor Grey and Lava Grey. The rear lights, in conjunction with the xenon plus headlights, incorporate an LED unit for the brake lights and taillights.
The interior ambience too, with fine lines and elegant forms and colours, offers the highest quality and harmonious aesthetics. The first indication of this is provided by the new door entry strip made of aluminium. Four interior colours are available to choose from – paranut brown and cardamom beige being new – and can be combined with five seat fabrics and five decorative inlays. The new inlays are the standard material, Aluminium Axial, and the optional Californian Vavona wood assam grey (standard on the 4.2 FSI). The standard seat fabrics combine elements of material and leatherette. Sports seats in conjunction with Valcona leather feature a two-colour design.
Body and interior
The new Audi A6 allroad quattro boasts some impressive measurements but is clearly smaller than the Audi Q7 performance SUV. It has a length of 4,934 millimetres, a width of 1,862 mm and, depending on the setting of the standard adaptive air suspension, a height of 1,459 to 1,519 mm. The last figure exceeds the A6 Avant by up to 64 mm; all other measurements are identical. Compared with its predecessor, the new A6 allroad quattro is longer by 124 mm, wider by 10 mm and has a wheelbase lengthened by 76 mm.
The Audi A6 allroad quattro will be produced exclusively with the Avant body, which offers the driver and four passengers generous roominess. The load area – which can be extended from 565 to 1,660 litres of storage space by folding the asymmetrically divided backrests in two easy movements – incorporates two rails, to which four lashing eyes can be attached; a tensioning strap, telescopic rod and bicycle rack may also be fitted. The A6 allroad quattro is purposely aimed at sports enthusiasts who often wish to transport sports equipment in their spare time. Its adaptive air suspension also functions as a self-levelling suspension, permitting high payloads. An automatically opening and closing tailgate is available. Particularly long items can easily be accommodated thanks to the load-through hatch including ski bag. The towing bracket with a mechanically swivelling ball joint coupling is simple to operate.
Rigid and safe: the body
The body of the A6 allroad quattro features the same high rigidity as the Audi A6 Avant. It is a composite construction with a high proportion of high-strength and ultra-high-strength steel panels and light-weight aluminium components which reduce weight primarily at the front end. A combination of precisely matched sections protects passengers in the event of an accident. As well as the two front airbags, the vehicle is equipped as standard with side airbags at the front (optionally at the rear too) and the head airbag system sideguard. Audi backguard reduces the consequences of a rear-end collision.
The interior of the new Audi A6 allroad quattro is distinguished by its luxurious finish and excellent functionality. At the heart of the operating concept is the MMI terminal, which the driver can use to configure numerous convenience functions that can then be viewed on a monitor. The operating unit is situated on the centre tunnel – a solution that still outmatches anything the competition has to offer, as numerous tests in the trade press have confirmed.
The basic version of the MMI system is a standard item and can be upgraded in two stages. The Audi A6 allroad quattro comes as standard with deluxe automatic air conditioning with air recirculation and a pollen filter as well as sun sensors. The temperature can be controlled separately for driver and front passenger.
The electromechanical parking brake on the Audi A6 allroad quattro offers considerable functional advantages compared with conventional technology. An automatic function makes driving off on gradients easier. It features the emergency braking function required by law.
The A6 allroad quattro is available with four powerful, longitudinally installed engines, two petrol and two diesel. All four are direct-injection power plants; they come from the leading-edge Audi V-engine family, notable for a compact basic design – a 90° cylinder angle, a distance of 90 millimetres between cylinders, four-valve technology and maintenance-friendly camshaft drive by means of chains. For the petrol engines, mixture preparation is optimised by the continuous adjustment of all four camshafts and a variable intake manifold.
FSI petrol direct injection is also characteristic of the Audi brand. Following numerous victories in the Audi R8 Le Mans racing car, this technology has been introduced on a broad scale in standard production vehicles. The FSI engines, where fuel is injected directly into the combustion chamber under a pressure of up to 100 bar, deliver more performance and dynamism than conventional power units with manifold injection – and at the same time achieve excellent fuel economy. This improvement in efficiency illustrates yet again the Audi principle of Vorsprung durch Technik.
The 3.2 FSI develops 188 kW (255 bhp). Its maximum torque is 330 Nm, available at 3,250 rpm. On the version with six-speed manual transmission, the V6 accelerates the A6 allroad quattro to 100 km/h in 7.2 seconds and enables it to reach a top speed of 242 km/h.
Values in conjunction with the six-speed tiptronic are 7.7 seconds and 240 km/h. On average the powerful V6 is content with 11.2 (with tiptronic 11.0) litres of fuel per 100 km.
The 4.2 FSI, which is being introduced here for the first time in the A6 model series, has even more power at the ready. The V8 with direct injection musters up 257 kW (350 bhp) and 440 Nm, the latter being available at 3,500 rpm. The masterful eight-cylinder with its sonorous tone is available with tiptronic only. The A6 allroad quattro 4.2 FSI completes the standard sprint in 6.3 seconds and if necessary can accelerate further up to an electronically governed top speed of 250 km/h.
Its consumption of only 11.2 litres of fuel per 100 km effectively demonstrates the outstanding potential of FSI petrol direct injection made by Audi.
Diesel engines: powerful and efficient
Both V6 diesel engines combine superb efficiency with impressive power and ultimate refinement. The mixture preparation is handled by a latest-generation common rail system which pushes fuel into the combustion chambers at a pressure of up to 1,600 bar. The high injection pressure ensures extremely fine atomisation and therefore particularly precise mixture preparation. Thanks to the rapid-action piezo injectors the control electronics can vary the number of injection processes per cycle within a wide range. On the 3.0 V6 TDI there are up to five injection processes – these drastically reduce noise and exhaust emissions. Particulate filters are fitted as standard in Germany.
The 2.7 TDI develops 132 kW (180 bhp) and 380 Nm. Its maximum torque is available from as low as 1,400 rpm, i.e. just above idling speed. It remains constant up to 3,300 rpm; this high torque guarantees impressive pulling power in practically every situation. The 9.3 seconds needed to sprint up to 100 km/h and the top speed of 215 km/h underline the dynamic character of the diesel engine, which is coupled with the convenience of the six-speed tiptronic. A fuel consumption rate of only 8.7 litres per 100 km illustrates its efficiency.
The 3.0 TDI is available with manual transmission or with the six-speed tiptronic. Across a wide range between 1,400 and 3,250 rpm it applies 450 Nm of torque to the crankshaft; its maximum output has increased to 171 kW (233 bhp). The standard sprint takes only 7.5 seconds (with tiptronic 7.8 s) and it can reach a top speed of 231 km/h (with tiptronic 230 km/h). The mighty TDI is extremely thrifty when it comes to fuel – it uses a mere 8.4 litres (with tiptronic 8.8 l).
Transmission: precise and efficient
The manual versions of the new Audi A6 allroad quattro will take advantage of the ML gearbox generation. The abbreviation stands for the “manual/longitudinal” configuration. This sporty transmission with closely-spaced ratios offers ultimate shifting comfort with short, clearly defined gearshift travel. The resulting reduction in internal friction enhances efficiency.
The six-speed tiptronic is distinguished by its particularly fast gear shifts and by a wide spread of gear ratios – up by 18 per cent on average compared with a five-speed automatic transmission. This means more accelerating power in low gears, thanks to considerably higher starting torques, and a decrease in engine speed in the upper speed range, leading to a reduction in noise levels and fuel consumption.
Traction and agility: quattro drive
quattro permanent four-wheel drive, featured on all A6 allroad quattro models, has a decisive influence on driving characteristics. Its self-locking centre differential operates purely mechanically and so without delay. It splits the drive torque variably between front and rear axle – as a rule 50 % to each; if necessary, up to 75 per cent of the power goes to one axle. On loose terrain the quattro drive provides excellent traction; on the road it ensures sporty agility, a firm grip when accelerating out of bends and maximum driving safety in all types of weather.
The suspension of the A6 allroad quattro combines sporty handling with superior comfort on a high level. Not only the wheelbase has been increased by 76 millimetres compared with the previous model: the front track is also up by 22 to 1,596 millimetres and at the rear it has been increased by 2 to 1,587 millimetres. In addition, weight distribution between front and rear axle has been optimised.
The suspension consists of a highly complex four-link front suspension with a self-tracking trapezoidal-link rear axle, adopted from the Audi A6 and the A8. The essential components are made of aluminium – this is vital to reduce unsprung masses. The servotronic, which is standard, provides power-assisted steering according to vehicle speed – road contact is intense without compromising steering comfort.
The electronically controlled adaptive air suspension, also a standard feature, adds another key dimension to the suspension. It allows the trim height of the body to be altered by up to 61 millimetres, both automatically – depending on speed – and manually via the MMI terminal. The control unit automatically adjusts the control characteristics of the adaptive shock absorbers, taking into consideration the type of road surface and style of driving.
For any situation: five driving modes
The five driving modes are known as dynamic, automatic, comfort, allroad and lift. In the dynamic mode, which is the equivalent of a sports suspension, the body is lowered to a ground clearance of 125 mm. This achieves even more dynamic handling and also reduces drag and consequently fuel consumption. In the automatic mode, the body is raised by 15 mm to 140 mm but is lowered again to the dynamic level if the vehicle is driven for some distance at a speed of over
120 km/h. If the comfort mode has been selected, lowering of the body is suppressed.
The allroad mode provides a ground clearance of 175 mm; from 80 km/h and again at 120 km/h, the body is lowered by 15 mm and by a further 20 mm respectively. In the manually selected lift mode, the body hovers 185 mm above the ground to negotiate rough terrain at slow speeds. Should a speed of 35 km/h be exceeded, the control unit switches to the allroad mode.
The substantial ground clearance means that the Audi A6 allroad quattro is able to assert itself on rough gravel roads or on snow-covered mountain passes. As an option, 245/45 R 18 all-terrain tyres are available, together with a reinforced engine underguard. The stabilisation program ESP, now in its eighth generation, has been enhanced to include special functions for use off-road. In the so-called offroad mode, which is activated by pressing the ESP button in the cockpit, stabilising intervention takes place later – forward propulsion takes priority.
To match its high-performance engines, all versions of the new A6 allroad quattro are equipped with a powerful brake system. Even the entry-level engines are provided with a 16-inch system; the 4.2 FSI has a 17-inch brake system. If the brakes are applied hard, the hazard warning lights are switched on automatically.
Equipment: high-tech for safety and comfort
The Audi A6 allroad quattro comes from the factory with a level of equipment in keeping with its premium character. Its main features include quattro permanent four-wheel drive, adaptive air suspension with adaptive shock absorber control, speed-dependent servotronic steering and the ESP stabilisation program with its new offroad mode. The light-alloy wheels on all V6 variants are 8 J x 17 in size, the tyres 245/45 R 17. All new Audi A6 allroad quattro vehicles are equipped as standard with the tyre mobility system.
A headlight washer system, a double load-area floor with dirt-resistant tray and stainless steel underride protection at the front and rear predestine the A6 allroad quattro for use off the beaten track. Sports enthusiasts who wish to transport their bikes or similar sports equipment will appreciate the versatile rail system in the luggage compartment and the aluminium roof rails with their double supports. The deluxe automatic air conditioning and the MMI basic operating system ensure on-board comfort and convenience.
The Audi A6 allroad quattro 4.2 FSI with its powerful V8 engine runs on 18-inch wheels, housing internally ventilated brake discs at the front and rear. Its inlays in Vavona wood assam grey are particularly eye-catching, the inside door trims and seats are covered in leather. The front seats are electrically adjustable. An anti-theft system, the driver information system, deluxe automatic air conditioning plus and a centre armrest at the front round off the luxurious standard equipment of the top model.
For those with the highest standards: the extras
As with every Audi, the A6 allroad quattro can be given that individual touch by way of numerous special options. The most interesting luxury and high-tech extras include the “adaptive light” dynamic cornering light, the advanced key keyless access system, and the parking aid, Audi parking system advanced – here the MMI monitor shows the image captured by the rear-view camera.
A Bluetooth interface for the telephone is available on request as are sports seats that can be adjusted electrically in a variety of ways. For customers looking for an even more personal form of expression, the Audi exclusive program from quattro GmbH offers almost endless possibilities.