Yes, confirmations are real that the 2020 RS6 Avant is finally coming to America. Audi has said that it will launch the hot sport wagon here, somewhere around mid-2020. Pricing of the 2020 RS6 Avant in the states, is expected to start around $110,000. This is the first time ever that Audi is bringing a sport line wagon here. Pleasing enough to car enthusiasts and Audi purists, the confirmation also shoots up several questions. Why a sports wagon? Where would it place itself in the ongoing SUV show and whom it would cater to?
According to a recent Bloomberg report, wagon sales in the United States shot up by 29% between 2013 to 2018. The upsurge was very well reflected in the arrival of new products in the wagon segment. The 2013-18 period witnessed the emergence of new wagons like the VW Golf SportWagon, Buick Regal TourX, Jaguar XF Sportbrake, Mercedes E class wagon, Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo and Volvo’s V60 and V90, to name a few.
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In the brawling passenger car market with flooding Crossovers and SUVs, wagons still made sense to some buyers. They came up as a proportionate alternative to the comparatively smaller segment of more streamlined buyers. A sedan like longer and lowered body allowing for a lower center of gravity along with SUV like spacious interior and practicality provides a very well composition for those looking for a large and practical vehicle without trading off the driving pleasure of a sedan.
In 2018, approximately 211,600 wagons were sold in the US, a figure that was down from 237,600 in 2017. However, this was the third year in a row, when wagons managed to infiltrate the 200,000 territories. The stats provided enough hope and the overcast clouds just seemed to drift away from the wagon colony. This was a perfect time, at least according to Audi, to hit the pedal hard by bringing in the RS6 Avant. Thanks to the persistent requests of its US division, backed by Americans’ growing love for wagons.
The last time when Audi sold the RS6 in the US was 2003. Back then it was sold as a sedan, but this time libertarians get the bonkers, Avant. The new 2020 RS6 Avant is a lot more than a new addition in the American wagon fleet. It rejuvenates the enthusiasm of Audi sports followers, who were disheartened by Audi’s recent reshuffle in the RS division.
The cult favorite of car geeks and benchmark in performance wagon, the new RS6 is the wildest sport wagon Audi has ever built. Powering this beast is a 4.0 liter twin-turbo V8, coupled with a 48-volt hybrid system, pumping out 591 horses and 590 lb-ft of torque. The strapping powertrain is capable of rocketing the Avant from 0-62 mph in just 3.6 seconds. The barbarian character at its core is also very well complemented by its exterior sheet.
The 2020 RS6 Avant’s longer, wider and lower body, than the regular A6 sedan along with more pronounced RS body works like the lower and wider grille and larger air intakes up front, pertinently reflect the persona of this Avant. Needless to say, its a top specked Audi and it does pack in, all the latest tech gizmos.
The RS6 Avant is not just any regular wagon, it carries a sports heritage within itself. Though, even Audi realizes that the RS6 Avant won’t post exciting figures on the sales chart. However, it will certainly bring alive the fading avidity of those Americans who have been praying long to get their hands on Audi sporting wagons. How well the Land of Liberty embraces this propitious wagon? Well, this is a question that still keeps building up at the back of our heads. Maybe after a few months of patience, the question will get answered itself.