Euromobil Sdn Bhd, the official distributor of Audi in Malaysia, announced yesterday, April 9, 2012, that the new eighth generation 2012 Audi A4 is open for bookings. Even though the new models boast enhancements in both style and performance, Euromobil is said to maintain the price point, starting from RM235,000 for the 1.8 litre TFSI and RM309.800 for the 2.0 TFSI Quattro.
Visually, the new A4 range looks similar to the previous model but with subtle differences. Notable changes are the revised single frame trapezoidal grille with tapered upper edges and redesigned cross ribs. The headlights has also been restyled to match the tapered grille with the iconic fringe using updated LED daytime running lights. Taillights has also been subtly redesigned to reflect the shape of the headlights. The 1.8 litre TFSI model is fitted with a 17inch 10 spoke star design and the 2.0 litre TFSI Quattro comes with an 18inch sporty 5 twin spoke design.
Audi is known for its elegant interior and the new A4 maintained their refined quality. The new three spoke multifunction steering wheel comes in various optional finishes as do so the trimmings surrounding the simplified MMI navigation plus system which features four instead of eight buttons with a script function integrated in the volume control dial.
Other upgrades include optional Nappa leather upholstery with inlays offered in various finishes. The new A4 also comes with Audi Symphony Radio coupled with a 10 speakers Audi sound system for the 1.8 litre TFSI model and a 14 speakers 505 watts Bang & Olufsen sound system for the 2.0 liter TFSI Quattro variant.
Under the hood, the direct injection turbocharged engines comes with the start-stop and recuperation systems as standard. The new 1.8 litre TFSI sees an increase in horsepower at 170hp from 160hp in the previous model, with significant boost in torque at 320Nm from 250Nm. Fitted to an 8-speed continuously variable multitronic gearbox, the 1.8 liter TFSI enjoys an economical 5.8 litres per 100 km fuel consumption with CO2 output decreased to 134g/km from 169g/km.
Alternately, the 2.0 litre TFSI engines pushes out 211hp with torque figures up to 350Nm is mated to a 7-speed S tronic Quattro permanent all wheel drive system with self-locking centre differential that transmit the torque at 40 to 60 ratio. The Quattro system is further supported with a sophisticated chassis incorporating a five link front suspension and a trapezoidal link at the rear, both made of lightweight aluminium materials.
Apart from a selection of 15 paint finishes, Audi is introducing four new tones to select from. Euromobil is also offering the new 2012 Audi A4 the S line at an additional RM25,000. The S line option includes an exterior package for a sportier identity, optional 19inch cast aluminium sports rims and black, refined high quality application interior.