Audi A4: new generation revealed
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19th July, 2015
The new-generation Audi A4 and A4 Avant have been revealed ahead of a
local introduction in 2016. All the technology in the brand’s best-selling model has been redeveloped so that it
improves the A4 competitiveness against its rivals.
During the development work, high priority was placed on the reduction of CO2 emissions. All technologies were
focused on reducing drive resistance.
The new models have low CO2 emissions of 95 grammes per kilometre for the A4 Sedan 2.0 TDI ultra (diesel) with 110 kW;
the A4 Avant 2.0 TDI ultra (diesel) emits 99 grammes CO2 per km. The 2.0 TFSI (petrol) with 140 kW emits 109 g/km in the
A4 Sedan ultra and 114 g/km in the A4 Avant ultra. The most powerful engines are two TDI six-cylinder diesel units with
up to 200 kW.
At 4.73 metres long and with a wheelbase of 2.82 metres – the new Audi A4 and A4 Avant have a more confident stance on
the road. A prominent horizontal line on the front and rear emphasises the car’s width. The singleframe grille is wide
and low; the optionally available headlights in LED and Matrix LED technology (including dynamic turn indicators) make
technology a visual trademark.
Up to 120 kilogrammes lighter
Compared with the previous model, the car’s dimensions have grown but its weight has been reduced significantly – by
up to 120 kilogrammes, depending on the engine.
The stylish lines emphasise the width of the interior. The front of the dashboard features a broad band of air outlets
and a large decorative surface.
The luggage compartment of the new A4 Avant offers basic storage space of 505 litres. The electric luggage compartment
cover and electric tailgate are standard equipment. Although standard in numerous cheaper cars, an optional sensor
control for opening and closing the tailgate will be available at extra cost.
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The two new A4s offer an abundance of intelligent technologies, the use of which is even more intuitive with the new
Audi MMI display and control concept. Technological highlights of the new A4 include the Audi virtual cockpit, the Audi
Matrix LED headlights, the Audi smartphone interface, the Bang & Olufsen Sound System with 3D sound, the Audi phone
box with wireless charging, the head-up display, and new driver assistance systems and Audi connect services.
Information and fascination: the Audi virtual cockpit and the MMI
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 (contact's name).”
Concentrated computing power
MMI Navigation plus is backed by the computing power of the second-generation modular infotainment platform, which
allows Audi to bring consumer electronics innovations into the vehicle quickly.
If customers order a car with MMI Navigation plus, they automatically receive the Audi connect hardware module, which
connects the A4 and A4 Avant with the Internet via the high-speed LTE network. Passengers can surf the Internet and send
and receive e-mail with their mobile devices via a Wi-Fi hotspot while the driver can use the tailored services of Audi
The Audi smartphone interface is a new feature. It integrates iOS and Android mobile phones into an environment
developed especially for this purpose – Audi MMI. The Audi phone box connects smartphones to the on-board antenna and
charges them inductively according to the Qi standard. For discerning hi-fi listeners, the Bang & Olufsen Sound
System with innovative 3D sound is available, which introduces the additional dimension of height. The new Audi tablet
can also be used as flexible rear seat entertainment.
The new Audi A4 will arrive in Australia in 2016. Model variants, engines,
pricing and specification details will be announced closer to launch.