Intense progress

2016-03-03 06:00
PHOTO: Quickpic Audi says drivers of the A4 sedan can look forward to a truly high-tech experience, including a phone box which connects certain smartphones to the on-board antenna and charges them inductively (available mid 2016).

PHOTO: Quickpic Audi says drivers of the A4 sedan can look forward to a truly high-tech experience, including a phone box which connects certain smartphones to the on-board antenna and charges them inductively (available mid 2016).

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AUDI boasts its new A4 set higher benchmarks for the premium sedan class, from the infotainment controls that are as easy to use as a cellphone to lightweight construction.

The sedan has grown substantially since its introduction to South Africa in 1994, and now requires a parking space that will fit its 4,73-metre length, but thanks to an intelligent material mix and lightweight construction it is up to 120 kilograms lighter, depending on the engine.

Up front, Xenon headlights comes standard with LED and Matrix LED technology (including dynamic turn indicators) optional.

The smooth design lines also make the A4 extra slippery through the air, with the 2016 model A4 now boasting a drag coefficient of 0,23. White hot knifes experience more resistance when cutting into a frozen block of butter than the A4 does in air.

These extremely low figures are the result of complex fine-tuning and new solutions.

The outer lines of the air inlets integrate additional openings — they guide some of the air stream over the wheel well, where it flows past wheels which have also been aerodynamically optimised. Details such as the exterior mirrors positioned on the door sills with their small integrated narrow stripes help enhance the aeroacoustics.

Under the hood

At market launch in South Africa, the new Audi A4 will be available with a choice of two petrol engines, while a diesel and an additional petrol quattro model will follow shortly after.

Compared with the previous model, their fuel consumption has been reduced by up to 21%, while their power output has increased by up to 25%.

All engines will be offered in S tronic transmission with the multitronic CVT transmission discontinued.

Available at launch will be a 1.4T FSI engine which has a maximum output of 110 kW of power and 250 Nm of torque, which will be available in both manual and S tronic transmission.

It has a claimed fuel consumption of 4,9 l/100 km and a CO2 emissions value of 114 g/km, making it exempt from CO2 taxation in South Africa.

The second engine available at launch will be the 2.0T FSI with 140 kW and 320 Nm of torque, available only in S tronic. Its claimed fuel consumption is 5,4 l/100 km with corresponding CO2 emissions of 122 g/km.

In addition, a 2.0T FSI quattro will be introduced in April 2016, boasting 185 kW of power and 370 Nm of torque.

Thereafter towards the end of 2016, a 2.0 TDI 140 kW will round out the local offering. The highly efficient TDI engine has a combined fuel consumption of just 4,9 l/100 km.

New trim lines

For the first time, Audi South Africa will offer three different trim lines for customers to choose from, namely Standard, Sport and Design.

The Standard line will offer the Audi A4 in its standard form, whereas the Sport and Design lines provide customers with particular differences over and above the standard equipment.

The S line exterior package is available over these trim lines.

The interior

Quiet, light, spacious — the new Audi A4 surpasses its predecessor in almost all interior dimensions. Shoulder width and head clearance for driver and front-seat passenger have increased by 11 millimetres, while the interior length has grown by 17 millimetres and rear legroom is 23 millimetres larger.

The new Audi models set the benchmark in their class in these important criteria. The Audi A4 is also a leader in its class in terms of noise levels with minimal road noise evident while driving, due to compound safety glass with acoustic film on the windscreen.

The driver and passengers are faced with abundance of intelligent technologies, the use of which is even more intuitive with the new Audi MMI display and control concept.

A new Audi tablet can be used as flexible rear seat entertainment for media and accessing the Internet, and is also completely removable to be used as a normal tablet. An optional Bang & Olufsen sound system provides 3D sound for the discerning listener. - Supplied.

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