We've just had out first stint behind the wheel of the new-for-2012 Audi A6 sedan, destined to arrive on North American soil this fall. And while Audi is moving forward on the hybrid version of its stylish new four-door, the German automaker has been spotted testing the trusty wagon variant that will likely be revealed later this year (Frankfurt Motor Show sounds about right).
We're eager to see how the new A6's new styling works with the larger hind quarters, though it appears that Audi is using a more rakish rear hatch design (limiting the cargo area's usefulness?). Expect interior and powertrain fittings to be carried over unchanged from the sedan.
Audi has always offered the A6 Avant here in the United States, so we don't have much reason to doubt that this new iteration will also be sold Stateside. Granted, the wagon hasn't exactly sold in great volumes here in the U.S., but if there wasn't a business case for it on our shores, the automaker would have likely canned the current model by now.
Scroll through our high-res gallery below to see the A6 Avant prototype frolicking in the snow.