The 2017 Audi A4 Allroad made its debut appearance alongside Audi’s hydrogen fuel-cell car, the h-tron quattro concept, at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit. More than just a wagon, the A4 Allroad has more ground clearance and Audi’s popular quattro all-wheel drive system is standard.
Suited up for its off-road adventure, the muscular wagon has plastic body cladding on the fenders for protection and an adaptive suspension with a new “offroad” mode sets up the drivetrain, steering, and suspension for journeys on the road less-traveled.
Powertrain specs were not made available for the Allroad, but we expect it to share the same 272 horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder and 7-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission that comes standard with the A4.
The h-tron quattro uses a hydrogen fuel cell to power its electric motors positioned at the front and rear axles. Audi says the h-tron concept can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in under 7 seconds and has a range a little over 370 miles.
The pure electric-drive powered concept also previews the piloted driving and parking technology that will be available with the next generation 2017 A8 luxury sedan. Piloted driving at Audi revolves around the central driver assistance controller. It creates a model of the car’s surroundings in real time and passes this data to the assistance systems and the piloted driving and parking systems. The latter can assume driving tasks during parking or in stop-and-go traffic on freeways at speeds of up to 37 mph.