Audi goes light with techier new A4
Claimed to be more “efficient and intelligent” than before, Audi South Africa has announced full details of its eagerly awaited new A4 compact executive sedan.
Now known internally as the B9, with a lineage that can be traced back to the B1-generation Audi 80 from 1972, the newcomer also sees a shift in platform to the same MLB matrix that currently underpins the A5, A6, A7, A8, Q5 and Porsche Macan, which is said to be 120 kg lighter than the previous B8.
Measuring 4 726 mm in length with a wheelbase of 2 820 mm, the B9 comes in at 26 mm and 15 mm longer than before, with additional changes underneath including a redesigned five-link rear axle, and a completely revised electric power steering setup that is said to lighter with enhanced levels of feel and response.
Available as an option, the A4 can be have with Audi’s Dynamic Steering system, that adjust the steering angle and shocks with a choice of Comfort or Sport mode. Safety spec has also been rammed-up with items including Active Lane Assist, pre-crash detection, side lane detection, City Assistance and Parking Assistance.
Inside, the interior, like that of the TT and Q7, can be specified with Audi’s Virtual Cockpit layout that incorporates an 8.3-inch infotainment display and a 12.3-inch screen inside the instrument cluster.
Additionally, high-spec model can be equipped with MMI Navigation Plus, which also boasts Android and iOS smartphone connectivity, voice recognition and Wi-Fi. A 19-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system with 3D sound quality and Matrix LED headlights are also offered as options.
Initially, the A4 will be limited to two TFSI petrol engines options with front-wheel drive, while a TDI is expected to arrive towards the end of the year.
Replacing the 88 kW 1.8 TFSI as the new entry level powerunit, the 1.4 TFSI churns out 110 kW 250 N.m of torque, with transmissions consisting of a six-speed manual or seven-speed S tronic. Fuel consumption is rated at 4.9 L/100 km and emissions below the 120 g/km tax limit at 114 g/km.
Moving one up, the high-power 1.8 TFSI has been increased by 200 cc with power also rising to 140 kW and 320 N.m. Unlike the 1.4 TFSI though, only the self-shifter can be specified with fuel consumption coming in at 5.4 L/100 km, and emissions at 122 g/km.
Expected to arrive in April, the flagship 2.0 TFSI has been given a 20 kW boost in power and torque, with figures of 185 kW and 370 N.m. Like the lesser model, only the S tronic box will be made available, but with drive going to all four wheels via Audi’s famed quatrro all-wheel drive system.
Diesel power will come from Audi’s stalwart 2.0 TDI that makes 140 kW and 400 N.m, again with only the S tronic being offered. Although some markets will also receive this engine with 110 kW, as well as a 3.0 TDI with 160 kW or 200 kW, it remains unconfirmed whether they would become available in due course.
A five year / 100 000 km Freeway Plan is standard on all models.
|1.4 TFSI||110 kW / 250 N.m||R441 000|
|1.4 TFSI S tronic||110 kW / 250 N.m||R459 000|
|1.4 TFSI Design S tronic||110 kW / 250 N.m||R488 000|
|1.4 TFSI Sport S tronic||110 kW / 250 N.m||R492 000|
|2.0 TFSI S tronic||140 kW / 320 N.m||R496 000|
|2.0 TFSI Design S tronic||140 kW / 320 N.m||R513 000|
|2.0 TFSI Sport S tronic||140 kW / 320 N.m||R517 000|
|2.0 TFSI Sport S tronic quattro||185 kW / 370 N.m||R616 000|
|2.0 TDI S tronic||140 kW / 400 N.m||R517 000|
|2.0 TDI Design S tronic||140 kW / 400 N.m||R534 000|
|2.0 TDI Sport S tronic||140 kW / 400 N.m||R538 000|
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