After few years of waiting, spy shots and speculations, Audi’s most important model — the new A4 is finally here in both sedan and avant variants. The new Audi A4 will snatch customers from BMW 3 series, new jaguar XE, Mercedes C-class and upcoming Alfa Romeo Giulia. It is equipped more space, efficient engines and whole range of driver assistance systems.
Audi has gone fairly cautiously in terms of appearance. No doubt, it is an Audi. The new car had gone wider, longer, and has a low appearance. Thanks to the new angular grille and headlights, the front looks emotionally aggressive than the outgoing model. The rear end also looks tougher and straight lines are similar to Audi A3. The rear lights are tapered towards the car’s center through clear folds. The appearance is also a result of very low coefficient drag of 0.23 which is class leading. Optimized aerodynamics results in reduced fuel consumption and noise level.
The new B9 generation A4 has grown slightly. In length, it measures 4726 mm, which is 250 mm longer than its predecessor. The width is 1842 mm, 160 mm wider than before and height is 1427 mm which is similar to the previous model. The wheelbase is 2820 mm and helps legroom to stretch by 230 mm. Despite of increased dimensions, new Audi A4 is 120 kilograms lighter than the model it replaces. According to Audi, it is the lightest car in its segment.
The luggage compartment in A4 Avant has increased by 15 liters and now measure 505 liters. It is 15 liters more than Mercedes C-Class estate(490 liters), 10 liters more than BMW 3-series touring(495 liters) and 75 liters more than Volvo V60(430 liters). The luggage door can be opened automatically if you slide foot below the bumper similar to the feature first seen in BMW 3-series.
The interior is all new in the fifth generation A4. Gone are the big and bulky dashboard where the meter housing and center console make one unit. The interior now has more classy design with straight surfaces. It is strongly reminiscent of what we have already seen in new Q7. Because of a slimmer dashboard, the big 8.3-inch infotainment screen is placed in middle and is similar to C-class and 3-series. An even larger 12.3-inch digital display unit replaces
the traditional meter gauge.
Driving dynamics of new Audi A4 are designed to provide sharp sporty character while remaining comfortable at the same time. Suspensions are redesigned to better swallow bumps on the roads and the electro-mechanical power steering is newly developed. Dynamic power steering is optional. A4 also comes with drive select technology, where the car’s character and behavior can be adjusted with the touch of a button. It will be standard on every model version with 190 hp and above. Adjustable shock absorbers are also available in the optional list. The new A4 is equipped with a whole range of safety systems that assist the driver. These include adaptive cruise control, collision control, auto braking, traffic sign recognition and many more.
Audi will offer seven range of engines for new A4 sedan and Avant. The entry level will be ultra efficient 2.0 liter TDI with 150 hp. This engine emits only 95 gm/km of CO2. The new electronic updates in the fuel management system has also make gasoline engine to deliver better fuel efficiency. As a result 2.0 liter 190 hp engine emits only 109 gm/km of CO2. It is yet to see whether the top of the line RS4 version will be equipped with V8 engine of newly tuned V6 motor. The all new A4 will be displayed at frankfurt motor show and will be available in showrooms this November.
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