• Latest Audi A4 sports changes inside and out, including the brand's first Connect system.
• There are three models available at launch (35 TFSI, 40 TFSI and the S4).
• Prices start from R644 000.
The latest Audi A4 is now available in South Africa sporting a refreshed design, engines options with a mild-hybrid system (MHEV) and a fully connected driving experience.
From the outside the A4 features a new headlight design, the grille is now broader and flatter and a lower set shoulder line when viewed in profile.
There are three models in the line up: 35 TFSI, 40 TFSI and the sportier S4 model and three different trim level options, namely Standard, Advanced and S line.
The S model is available with the standard high gloss styling package and there 12 paint hues to choose from, including a new Terra Grey colour option.
17-inch sized wheels are standard on the entry trimline and a 18-inch standard wheel size on the Advanced and S line trims. 19-inch wheels are optional while the S4 offers 19-inch wheels as standard with a choice of three designs.
Inside, there's a new MMI touch display, the control centre for the new operating system. Interior customisation to standard seating is available in a variety of leather/leatherette colour combinations.
The S line interior package can be combined freely with the exterior lines and comes with Fine Nappa leather with S embossing says Audi.
Audi's first fully-connected model in SA
The new MMI system is modeled on smartphone interface. It has a high-res 25cm screen that displays the menu and infotainment options. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard on all models within the range.
There fully integrated connectivity package offers advanced infotainment, navigation and Car-to-X services which take advantage of the swarm intelligence to service, safety and convenience says Audi.
Audi connect uses online connectivity with the vehicle, to provide real-time information and multiple digital functions. This includes delivering internet services to the car via an embedded sim (installed directly into the vehicle) and used through the myAudi app.
When inside the vehicle, the MMI (multimedia interface) and virtual cockpit becomes the mechanic of use.
The Car2X services incorporated in Audi Connect offer safety and service features including emergency call or roadside assistance.
There is access to live and integrated Google Earth navigation and traffic information allow the driver to easily plan trips through the myAudi app and send destinations and routes directly to the vehicle.
Live information around points of interests (trading hours, parking availability), traffic information and weather updates are also included.These features are available through an embedded e-SIM and data is freely available for a period of 3 years.
Audi connect, navigation and infotainment all run through the MMI which features a new main unit. The third-generation modular infotainment platform MIB 3 delivers phenomenal computing power.
Audi says it works with an equally new, spatially separate communication box that bundles all connectivity tasks – such as telephony or the Audi connect services – and incorporates the Wi-Fi hotspot.
The optional hardware modules include the Audi phone box and the Bang & Olufsen 3D Premium Sound System in the front.
Two instrument cluster variants are available: standard is the analog driver information system with colour display, or the all-digital virtual cockpit plus. The driver can operate the 31cm display with full HD resolution.
At launch Audi will offers three models with power outputs range from 110kW (35 TFSI) to 260kW (S4). The 40 TFSI model has 140kW and 320Nm.
A 2.0-litre turbocharged engine in the 35 TFSI and 40 TFSI will feature a mild-hybrid system (MHEV) based on 12 volts, which reduces fuel consumption says Audi.
All models come off the production line with an automatic transmission as standard.
The packages available include:Comfort
Technology, Sport, Lights (35 TFSI only) and Assistance / City Assistance / Lane Assistance
35 TFSI S tronic - R 644 000
35 TFSI Advanced S tronic - R 663 000
40 TFSI S tronic - R 681 500
40 TFSI Advanced S tronic - R 700 500
40 TFSI S line S tronic - R 726 500
S4 TFSI 260kW quattro tiptronic - R 944 500
All models come standard with the five-year or 100 000km service plan.