For fans of the Ingolstadt-based automaker it was certainly worth the wait as the new compact model adopts a sharper exterior design with redesigned headlights and a wider singleframe grille while the prominent shoulder line and the flatter roof provide the new A4 with a more upscale look. Audi was kind enough to show us the more practical Avant as well which comes with a beefy roof-mounted spoiler enabling a sportier look for the more practical derivative.
Compared to the model it replaces, the overhauled A4 is 25mm longer and 16mm wider while the wheelbase has been elongated by 12mm. Despite being bigger, weight is down by as much as 120 kg while the drag coefficient has been reduced to 0.23 for the sedan and to 0.26 for the wagon. The latter can now hold 505 liters (15 liters more than before) of cargo with the rear seats in position and 1,510 liters once you fold down the rear bench which has a 40:20:40 split.
Thanks to the stretched wheelbase, there’s obviously more space inside the cabin where rear passengers get to enjoy an additional 23 mm of legroom. The cabin now hosts entirely new seats and at an additional cost Audi will be offering the 12.3-inch virtual cockpit which replaces analog instrument cluster dials with a fully digital and customizable screen similar to what the third-gen TT and second-gen Q7 have.
Those who are willing to spend more can add a Bang & Olufsen sound system, the MMI 8.3-inch screen and a rear-seat entertainment system featuring two 10.1-inch tablet-like screens. The high-end infotainment system will provide support for Apple’s CarPlay, Google’s Android Auto and also for voice control while the LED ambient lighting offers a choice of 30 colors.
Underneath the hood there are some big changes as Audi has revised all of the units, starting with the 1.4 TFSI which now develops 150 bhp and 250 Nm of torque. If that’s not enough, the beefier 2.0 TFSI will be offered in two states of tune: 190 bhp and 320 Nm along with 252 bhp and 370 Nm. For those who value fuel economy more, a 2.0 TDI will be the optimal solution with 150 bhp and 320 Nm, but there will also be a more powerful version with 190 bhp and 400 Nm. The familiar 3.0 TDI is back and it will be available in the new A4 with 218 bhp and 400 Nm along with a top-spec configuration producing 272 bhp and 600 Nm.
Interestingly, the A4 Avant is going to be offered in select markets in a g-tron configurator with a CNG-compatible 2.0 TFSI engine producing 170 bhp and 270 Nm. It will boast compressed natural tanks with a capacity of 19 kg which will enable a maximum range on gas of 500 km while the regular fuel tank will provide an additional 450 km of range.
In terms of gearbox, Audi will provide a new six-speed manual, a seven-speed dual clutch S tronic (replacing the continuously variable multitronic) as well as an eight-speed tiptronic.
After its launch later this year in Europe, the new A4 is programmed to go on sale in India sometime in 2016.