Audi reveals new A4 for South Africa

2015-07-08 06:00
The new A4 will be launched in South Africa in early 2016.PHOTO: sourced

The new A4 will be launched in South Africa in early 2016.PHOTO: sourced

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AUDI has unveiled the latest version of its best-selling car - the A4 in sedan and avant guise.

While the B9 generation looks similar to the outgoing model, for that matter most Audis, its most important changes are beneath the metal.

The automaker says high priority was placed on reducing of CO2 emissions, a lower drag coefficient and sipping less fuel - good news, considering SA’s ongoing petrol price hikes.

Audi says its A4 sedan has the “best drag coefficient in its class at 0.23”. Downsizing engines is prominent at the Volkswagen Group with the 1.4T FSI engine (110kW) now available in the A4 range.

The new A4 has grown slightly to 4.73m in length with a wheelbase of 2.82m translating into more interior space. Expect the option of full LEDs on the new A4 as well as Matrix LED technology.

Body panels are made from an intelligent material mix and lightweight construction to further aid weight-saving.

The interior of the new A4 has improved noise reduction and the cabin gains optional discreet contour lighting for the doors and the centre console.

The optional virtual cockpit (first seen on the TT), features a 31cm LCD that displays satnav, audio and other critical information to the driver. The MMI plus system (optional) features a 21cm monitor and touchpad.

The six-speed manual transmission and seven-speed S tronic (now available for front-wheel drive) have received tweaks.

Additional options are dynamic steering, which varies its ratio according to the car’s speed and the steering angle, and suspension with adjustable shock absorbers with which the driver can for the first time select between two settings: sports or comfort.

The new A4 will be launched in South Africa in early 2016.

- Wheels24

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