Fifth-Generation Audi A4 Revealed
Audi has just gone ahead and revealed the fifth-generation Audi A4 which will be officially displayed to the public at the Frankfurt Motor Show 2015 in September. Having a new exterior design, the new Audi A4 gets contemporary interiors and updated motors in the form of both a new petrol and diesel range. The chassis of the sedan has also been freshly developed.
The all-new Audi A4 seems to have grown on its already formal design, employing a somewhat similar look as its big brother the A8. The new model has been styled using large amount of feedback that the company received from existing customers from its biggest markets including countries like Germany, China and USA. Few of the key styling bits include a wider single-frame grille, newly designed headlights with new LED DRLs, a new bonnet and a bolder shoulder line. The taillights have now become sharper. According to the company, every single body panel on the latest A4 is new, though a few look similar to the outgoing model. The sedan is now 4726 mm long, 1842 mm wide and 1427 mm high, thereby making it 25 mm longer and 16 mm wider than its predecessor. Based on the MLB platform, wheelbase has increased by 12 mm to 2820 mm. Even with the size increase, the new A4 is lighter by 120 kgs, thanks to the high-strength steel and aluminium used in the body structure and for various body panels, including the roof respectively.
Interiors are feature rich and include a 12.3-inch digital instrument panel, 8.3-inch infotainment system, and sensor control opening for the boot, inductive mobile phone charging pad, tablet-based rear-seat entertainment, Bang & Olufsen sound system and Audi’s latest MMI system with LTE network. On the safety front, a pre-sense city system has been newly developed for preventing accidents in urban driving conditions and a windscreen camera helps in warning and braking the car at the time of a collision at speeds of up to 40 km/hr.
The luxury sedan will be powered by seven engines. The three turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engines include a 1.4-litre four-cylinder unit that produces 148 BHP and a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine which comes in two states of tune – 187 BHP and 248 BHP. The latter 2.0 TFSI can go from 0-100 km/hr in 5.8 seconds, all the way up to 250 km/hr. The diesel mills on the other hand includes an updated 2.0-litre four-cylinder unit that comes in two states of tune – either 148 BHP or 187 BHP. Then comes the more powerful 3.0-litre V6 unit producing either 218 BHP or 272 BHP.
All the four-cylinder engines will be mated to a newly developed six-speed manual gearbox, while the first V6 diesel engine gets a revised version of the existing seven-speed dual-clutch S-tronic unit. On the other hand, the most powerful V6 engine gets an eight-speed automatic transmission.