“More powerful, more efficient, more intelligent.” This is what the all-new 2016 Audi A4 – codenamed B9 – is promised to be, despite looking almost identical to the outgoing model.
Brand enthusiasts may gripe about the relatively unaltered looks, but the new A4 has an improved drag coefficient of 0.23. The sedan, including its Avant sibling, sits on the brand’s MLB Evo platform that measures in at 4,726 mm in length, 1,842 mm in width and 1,427 mm in height, making it 25 mm longer and 16 mm wider than before. The wheelbase has also grown by 12 mm to 2,820 mm. Despite the enlarged dimensions, Ingolstadt’s newest brainchild is 120 kg lighter than the previous model.
Following in the footsteps of the new TT, Q7 and R8, the A4 features Audi’s latest styling direction that is most apparent at the front end, where the sedan sports sleeker headlight design and wider Singleframe grille. The headlights come standard in xenon plus form but can be specified with optional LED or Matrix LED. Around the back, there are multi-faceted 3D tail lights with 48 LEDs in each unit.
Step inside and you’ll be greeted by new dashboard design along with completely redesigned seats and ambience lighting, which will be equipped as standard from now on. Like the TT, the instrument cluster can be replaced with the optional virtual cockpit that comes with a 12.3-inch LED display. The MMI system, including the optional MMI Navigation Plus and MMI Touch, can now be accessed through a tablet-style 8.3-inch display.
Thanks to the enlarged platform, interior length of the Audi A4 has grown by 17 mm while rear legroom expands by 23 mm. Shoulder width and head room have also been increased by 11 and 24 mm, respectively.
At launch, the Audi A4 will be available with seven engine choices comprising of three TFSI and four TDI engines. The list begins with the entry-level 1.4 TFSI petrol engine, which has an output of 150 hp and 250 Nm between 1,500 and 3,500 rpm. Meanwhile, the 2.0 TFSI is offered in two versions. The first one delivers 252 hp and 370 Nm while the second version churns out 190 hp and 320 Nm.
The diesel lineup starts from a 2.0 TDI engine that comes in 150 hp/320 Nm and 190 hp/400 Nm versions. Customers looking for a more fuel efficient offerings may opt for the “ultra” version of these engines, where optimised transmission ratio, bodywork, suspension and tyres are deployed to squeeze more kilometres out of every litre of fuel.
Further up the range, the 3.0 TDI is also offered in two states of tune – 218 hp and 400 Nm, and 272 hp and 600 Nm. In terms of transmission, the petrol and 2.0 TDI A4 are equipped with a seven-speed S tronic while the 3.0 TDI models will be getting an eight-speed S tronic. Six-speed manual is also available for all models except for the 3.0 TDI.
Audi is also introducing its second g-tron model in the form of the new A4 Avant g-tron. Running on compressed natural gas, the model deploys 2.0 TFSI engine with an output of 170 hp and 270 Nm of torque. The tanks are located under the rear of the car and can hold 19 kilograms of gas at a
pressure of 200 bar. In other areas, the new Audi A4 gets newly developed five-link front and rear axles as well as electromechanical steering.
2016 Audi A4 Sedan
2016 Audi A4 Avant