Car News 31 Mar 2016

Audi A4 Allroad brings first Quattro-ultra system to UK

The new 2016 Audi A4 Allroad crossover gets a revamp and a host of technical upgrades. Most notably the new model will be the first to receive Audi’s newly developed four-wheel drive Quattro-ultra system.

The longitudinally-mounted Allroad will be the first right-hand model in the UK to feature the new Quattro-ultra system. The Allroad will be able to run as a standard front-wheel drive car, with the option of switching to full-wheel drive when necessary.

The new Quattro-ultra system uses predictive technology to increase overall efficiency. An electronic clutch is fitted to the rear of the gearbox, allowing drive to be disengaged for fractions of a second, as well as another electronic clutch fitted to the rear differential to reduce drag time.

Quattro-ultra is available in the new A4 Allroad with Audi’s 248bhp 2.0-litre TFSI engine linked to a manual or S tronic dual-clutch gearbox. However the new A4 Allroad is also available in the standard Quattro diesel drivetrains with centre locking differential. Later the new system will be rolled out across other models with the same longitudinal set up.

The new A4 Allroad features 34mm of extra ground clearance, a new offroad mode as well as adaptive suspension. Internally the Allroad has advanced cabin tech and restyling, the HD virtual cockpit, Matrix LED headlights and MMI Navigation plus are available as optional extras.

The 2016 A4 Allroad goes on sale in April, with deliveries expected in June. Pricing is still to be confirmed but should sit around the £38,000 mark.