S4 shall be diesel solely with a 48V mild-hybrid set-upSubstantial styling, expertise and chassis updates will seem on Audi’s mid-range possibility later this yr
Audi has given the A4 a significant mid-life replace in an try and maintain tempo with rivals corresponding to the brand new BMW three Collection. Modifications embrace a revamped design and the addition of mild-hybrid powertrains to the vary.
The compact government saloon has obtained an exterior and inside revamp to convey it in keeping with Audi’s present design themes and the agency says the modifications are extra substantial than is common for a facelift.
The revised A4 shall be launched later this yr with three 2.Zero-litre TFSI petrol engines that includes a 12V mild-hybrid system and starting from 148bhp to 241bhp, together with two diesels, a 188bhp 2.Zero-litre and a 241bhp three.Zero-litre. A 12V mild-hybrid 2.Zero TDI diesel, with 134bhp or 161bhp, will comply with after the launch.
The S4 mannequin, a rival to the Mercedes-AMG C43, shall be provided in Europe purely as a mild-hybrid diesel, with a three.Zero-litre TDI mated to a 48V built-in starter/motor for a complete output of 342bhp and 516lb ft of torque.
The S4 shall be provided with an eight-speed automated gearbox and all-wheel drive, with sport suspension as normal, and a sport differential and suspension with damper management obtainable as choices.
The entry-level 35 TFI and 40 TDI shall be provided after launch with a guide gearbox as normal. All different fashions shall be automated as normal. Seven- and eight-speed ’packing containers shall be used, with a six-speed guide following as an possibility. Entry-level vehicles shall be front-wheel drive, with Audi’s quattro all-wheel-drive system obtainable on higher-spec fashions.
The A4 shall be bought with normal and sport suspension, with two adaptive methods obtainable. These methods work with damper management and have a Consolation mode that lowers the experience top by 10mm and a Sport setting with a 23mm discount within the experience top.
As for the design, the A4 will now function a wider and flatter grille, with a revamped facet profile that has sharper, extra sculpted shoulders and clearly outlined strains.
Audi’s design crew has additionally launched extra bespoke styling parts on the S line, S4 and Allroad quattro variants, together with bespoke grille designs, with a purpose to give every a extra distinctive identification.
The revised inside is constructed across the newest model of Audi’s MMI infotainment system, that includes a 10.1in touchscreen. That display may be operated by utilizing contact or voice management. Audi has scrapped the rotary controller that seems within the outgoing mannequin. A full 12.3in digital driver info show and head-up show can be found as choices.
The revised A4 shall be provided with a variety of driver help methods, grouped into three packs. Choices will embrace automated cruise management, which, Audi says, can use ‘car-to-x’ navigation information from exterior units corresponding to visitors indicators to extend accuracy.
The rugged Allroad quattro mannequin, as earlier than, options an additional 35mm of floor clearance, extra underbody manufacturing, a wider entrance and rear observe and non-compulsory Allroad-specific suspension.
The brand new A4 is because of go on sale close to the top of this yr. UK pricing has not but been set, however there may be anticipated to be a slight enhance over the £29,260 beginning value of the present mannequin.
Q&A with Amor Vaya, Audi exterior designer
What did you deal with with the redesign?
“The A4 is a well-proportioned automotive, however the outdated one was often referred to as a bit of boring. We’ve put a number of life and vitality into it. We didn’t need to change the design ideas, however we wished to make a press release.”
How did you do this?
“The design is now loads richer, extra expressive. We’ve targeted on the element, with using 3D design parts, chrome components and different small issues that may make an enormous distinction.”
What are the challenges of doing a facelift design?
“The fastened factors had been all designated six or seven years in the past, so we have now to work round that. That offers some limitations, however we’ve advanced the A4’s design considerably.”
Why deal with differentiating the S4 and Allroad quattro?
“We wished to provide every variant its personal character. We’ve been criticised earlier than for making each mannequin and variant look comparable, so now every mannequin has its personal character, and each automotive inside that mannequin household does, too.”
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