By Nat Shirley
Wednesday, Sep 21st, 2011 @ 1:44 pm
 
Audi is reportedly looking to return to the toughened-up, all-wheel drive-wagon niche by bringing its A4 Allroad model to the U.S. in the near future.

Company execs told Car and Driver that the Allroad nameplate, last seen on a slow-selling variant of the A6 Avant (Audi-speak for wagon) in 2005, will soon make its return to America. Because an A6 Avant is no longer offered in the states, it appears that the A4 Avant will be the model to receive the Allroad treatment.

The American A4 Allroad will likely be quite similar to its European counterpart, with flared and gray-colored bumpers, skid plate-like detaling on the front and rear fascias and extra ground clearance differentiating it from the normal Avant model.

While 2.0- and 3.0-liter diesel engines are also offered in the old country, expect VW Group's familiar 2.0-liter turbo four to be the only engine to make the journey from Europe.

The A4 Allroad should be available after the A4's mid product-cycle refresh in late 2013 as a 2014 model, according to Car and Driver.

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