The New Audi A4: even sportier, even more cutting edge
May 15, 2019 – Representing the core of the brand, Audi has created the new A4 even tauter and sportier than before. Its exterior is integrated into the brand’s new design language and the large MMI touch display offers the kind of operating experience customers will be familiar with from their smartphone. Many engine options now come with mild-hybrid systems (MHEV) – with efficiency and comfort benefits from this broad-based electrification.
Sporty look: the exterior design
The midsize model looks even more dynamic and sophisticated thanks to the sportier design highlights. The Singleframe grille is now broader and flatter; horizontal lines emphasise the width at the front and rear. The side view is defined by the distinctive muscles above the fenders and the lower set shoulder line in between. They form strong contours above the wheels and make the quattro genes outwardly visible.
LED headlights now come standard in the Audi A4. The new A4 comes in SE and S line trims. The new A4 boasts an attractive exterior design with an ergonomic and intuitive interior design. Customers can choose from 12 paint colors, including a new terra grey option.
The horizontal design lines of the new interior convey the overall impression of an oasis of calm. In the centre of the instrument panel, slightly tilted toward the driver, is the large MMI touch display, the control centre for the new operating system. The contour/ambient lighting package adds highlights to the interior in the dark.
With its new MMI system, the highly connected Audi A4 offers a user experience similar to a contemporary smartphone. An MMI touch display with acoustic feedback replaces the functions of the previous rotary/pushbutton control on the centre tunnel console. The high-resolution TFT display measures 8.8 inches. Its graphics are deliberately clean and cut-down; the menu structure with its tight hierarchies is tailored to user expectations and facilitates ease of use. The MMI search is based on free text input and returns hits rapidly. The natural-language voice control, another function of the new system, understands many of the phrases used in everyday speech.
The optional navigation in the Audi A4 is now even more versatile and more user-friendly. The Audi connect services emergency call and service come standard; the free myAudi app connects the customer’s smartphone seamlessly to the car. The Audi connect key option lets the customer lock/unlock the vehicle, and start the engine using a compatible Android smartphone. The personalisation, another digital feature, allows up to 14 myAudi users to store their preferred settings in individual profiles.
The A4 models are available with a host of driver assist systems. Notable equipment in the “Tour” package is the adaptive cruise control including Stop&Go function for automatic distance control. In conjunction with the predictive efficiency assist, it can brake and accelerate the A4 predictively even where there is no vehicle ahead. To do so it analyses navigation data and traffic signs.
Broad-based electrification: the drive system
Audi will be offering the A4 model line with six turbocharged engines at sales launch in Europe. Their power outputs range from 136 HP to 354 HP – from the Audi A4 30 TDI up to the Audi S4 TDI. All engines – whether four-cylinder diesel unit, V6 TDI or four-cylinder TFSI – undercut the limits of the Euro 6d-temp emission standard.
For the market launch, the TFSI engine will feature a mild-hybrid system (MHEV) based on 12 volts, which reduces fuel consumption while improving comfort. Another two units are set to follow shortly afterward. This broad-based electrification makes an important contribution to achieving the fleet targets for fuel consumption. In everyday use, the MHEV system reduces fuel consumption by up to 0.3 litres per 100 kilometresaccording to individual Audi measurements.
Whether manual transmission, seven-speed S tronic or eight-speed tiptronic, whether front-wheel or quattro drive – each of the six engine variants delivers tailor-made power transmission. Except for the entry-level TFSI, all A4 models come off the production line with an automatic transmission as standard. This 35 TFSI with 150 HP of power output will be available with a manual transmission shortly after market launch as will the 40 TDI with an output of 190 HP with an S tronic and quattro all-wheel drive.
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