Audi has unveiled its new-look A4 range with a more streamlined exterior and contemporary feel.
Ordering is expected to open in late June with the first deliveries in September.
The A4 gets newly designed headlights with LED technology as standard, regardless of version. The lamps flank a broader, flatter Singleframe grille that is complemented by resculpted bumper elements with a more horizontal aspect that emphasises width.
Inside, an emphasis on horizontal lines also helps to enhance the sense of space, and a new operating system based on the third-generation modular infotainment platform MIB 3 lends an air of even greater sophistication from a technological perspective.
Its hub is the large, 10.1-inch high resolution MMI touch display, tilted slightly towards the driver in the centre of the instrument panel. Responding to fingertip inputs with acoustic feedback and permitting free text input, it replaces the functions of the previous rotary/pushbutton control on the centre tunnel console.
Navigation is now even more versatile and user-friendly , particularly when the driver takes advantage of natural language voice control. The latest iteration of this technology is even more adept at understanding many of the phrases used in everyday speech.
Audi connect infotainment services are installed on an upgradable three-month subscription basis, bringing numerous web-based features such as up-to-the-minute news, Google Earth mapping and Street View and flight, weather, traffic and fuel pricing information.
The Audi connect plus portfolio includes a host of additional Car-to-X services taking advantage of the swarm intelligence of the Audi fleet. They include online traffic sign and hazard information, an on-street parking search function and newly introduced traffic light information functionality.
By networking with the urban infrastructure, the car receives information from the traffic light central computer via a server so that the driver can choose their speed to match the next green light.
The instrument cluster displays a personal speed recommendation as well as the remaining time to the next green light whenever the driver is waiting at a red traffic light. As such, the system promotes an anticipatory, efficient driving style, along with a constant flow of traffic. The function is part of the Audi connect package and is being rolled out in stages in selected European cities.
The all-digital Audi virtual cockpit plus is another standard feature of the latest UK A4 models that underscores their impressive technological emphasis. The driver can operate the 12.3-inch display with full HD resolution using the multifunction steering wheel with a choice of three views.
Numerous driver assistance systems are available with Tour, City and Park packages.
The Tour package comes with adaptive cruise control including Stop&Go function for automatic distance control. In conjunction with the predictive efficiency assist it can brake and accelerate the A4 predictively even where there is no vehicle ahead. To do so it analyses Car-to-X messages, navigation data and traffic signs.
A broad spread of four-cylinder and six-cylinder engines power the first phase of launch models, all below the limits of the Euro 6d-temp emission standard. Their power outputs range from 150PS to 347PS – from the Audi A4 35 TFSI up to the Audi S4 TDI.
A further two turbocharged engines will be added to the range shortly after launch: the 30 TDI with a power output of 136PS and the 35 TDI with 163PS. The reassurance of quattro all-wheel-drive will be offered as standard for the most powerful TDI and TFSI engines.
For the market launch three engine variants will feature a mild-hybrid system (MHEV) based on 12 volts, which reduces fuel consumption while improving comfort. Another two units are set to follow shortly afterward.
This broad-based electrification makes an important contribution to achieving the fleet targets for fuel consumption. In everyday use, the MHEV system reduces fuel consumption by up to 0.3 litres per 100 kilometres according to individual Audi measurements.
Thanks to its quattro all-wheel drive and ground clearance raised by 35 millimetres the Audi A4 allroad quattro combines superb ride comfort and offroad capability.
Beyond its raised ride, the A4 allroad quattro stands apart from its A4 Avant counterpart through details such as the underbody protection and wheel arch trims, and also through its wider track – six millimetres wider at the front and 11 millimetres at the rear.
As in the A4 Avant, the luggage compartment has a capacity of 495 litres – this increases to 1,495 litres with the rear seats folded down and cargo loaded to the roof.
Three engine variants are available – one TFSI petrol engine and two diesel units – all allied to automatic transmissions as standard.