This new A4 is the 5th generation of the A4 model since the A4 badge made its way onto the boot lip of the B5 Audi A4 back in 1994. This new model carries the model designation of B9. The Audi A4 will be introduced to the public at the Frankfurt Auto Show in September this year and we can expect it to arrive in our showrooms early next year.
Firstly, let’s delve into the design elements of the new Audi A4. The car has a confident stance on the road, and a prominent horizontal line on the front and rear emphasizes the car's width. The flowing design with concise lines communicates the sporty elegance of the brand. The Single frame grille is wide and low; the optionally available headlights in LED and Matrix LED technology (including dynamic turn indicators) make technology a visual trademark.
Compared with the previous model, the car's dimensions have grown but its weight has been reduced significantly - by up to 120 kilograms, depending on the engine. The body of the new Audi model is one of the lightest in its class, thanks to an intelligent material mix and lightweight construction.
When it comes to the interior of the A4, Audi has gone to great lengths to ensure that it’s one of the best. The A4 is a leader in its class in terms of noise levels and occupants will enjoy generous space and smooth lines, which emphasize the width of the interior. The front of the dashboard features a broad band of air outlets and a large decorative surface. At night, optional discreet contour lighting illuminates the doors and the central console. The quality of workmanship is uncompromisingly high.
On the technological front, the focus here is on two innovations. The optional Audi virtual cockpit, a fully digital combination instrument, features a 12.3-inch LCD screen that displays the most important information in brilliant high-resolution graphics, with great detail and sophisticated effects.
The MMI control concept in the centre console is also a newly designed feature and acts as the main control element. The top-end infotainment system, MMI Navigation plus with MMI touch and a large 8.3-inch monitor, has a touchpad in the rotary controller to zoom in and out and to enter characters. The entire MMI control logic is similar to that of a smartphone and includes an intelligent free-text search function. The new, more natural, voice-control system also understands input in normal everyday language, such as "I want to call Peter Miller."
The virtual cockpit is available as a high-end option, provided that MMI Navigation plus with MMI touch is on board. Its 12.3-inch LCD monitor with a resolution of 1 440 x 540 pixels ensures highly detailed graphics. The Audi virtual cockpit presents information comprehensively and in various ways. It offers items such as the navigation map or lists from the areas of telephone, radio and audio. The tachometer and speedometer are presented here as round instruments. In the classical view, the instruments are shown in about the same size as analogue dials and the central window is correspondingly smaller.
When it comes to engines the new Audi A4 will be available with a choice of three TFSI and four TDI engines delivering maximum power of between 110kW for the entry level 1.4 TFSI petrol engine and 200kW for the high-end 3.0 TDI. Compared with the previous model, their fuel consumption has been reduced by up to 21 percent, while their power output has increased by up to 25 percent. All engines comply with the Euro 6 emission limits, so that the TDI has been labelled a clean diesel.
The Audi A4 is jam-packed with the latest technology and we sure do hope that the long wait for a new A4 will be worth it. From what we have seen and read it sure seems that way. We will be sure to bring you more details closer to its local launch date.