Audi has peeled off the wraps off of its 2016 A4, ahead of its planned public showcase at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. However, at first glance, changes to the exterior design on the new A4 don’t seem all too radical, but Audi has made some significant changes where it really matters – under the skin. But before we get to those, let’s go over the design revisions of this new model.
Major changes on the 2016 model of the A4 include an all-new octa-slatted singleframe grille that looks more aggressive and is wider than before. Audi has also bestowed the new A4 with more striking-looking headlamps that can be had with optional LED or, with the latest Matrix LED technology. There are more LEDs and these can be found in the new dynamic turn indicators, daytime-running lights and tail lamps. The 2016 model also gets newer design for the alloy wheels and new door-mounted ORVMs amongst other minor tweaks.
Having covered the skin-deep interests, let’s have a look at what Audi has done to improve their A4 with the new 2016 model. The 2016 Audi A4 has grown in its dimensions over its predecessor and is now 4.73 metres long, with a wheelbase that stretches for 2.82 metres. However, clever engineering means that the new car is lighter by 120 kg over the old one and gets a low 0.23 coefficient of drag.
The cabin of the 2016 Audi A4 also gets improvements and now comes with an all-new steering wheel, gear lever, Audi Virtual Cockpit that features a massive 12.3-inch colour display, new MMI touchscreen system that gets a 8.3-inch display, a smashing Bang & Olufsen sound system that comes with 3D audio technology, head-up display, Audi phone box with wireless charging etc.
International versions of the 2016 Audi A4 come with a choice of 7 powerplants; all the mills available come in 4-cylinder (TFSI & TDI) and 6-cylinder (TDI) guises. The engines will power the front wheels or all fours (in the Quattro models). Depending on the model and its market, the power will be fed to the wheels via a 6-speed manual, 7-speed S tronic, or an 8-speed tiptronic transmission. The 7-speed box is now also available on FWD versions of the Audi A4, and all the automatic transmissions come with a “freewheeling function” to conserve fuel. Combine the new efficient engines, lighter and more aerodynamic body, Audi claims that the 2016 A4 consumes far less fuel than before. The all-new Audi A4 will be launched internationally in the saloon and estate (Avant) variants by the end of 2015. The 2016 Audi A4 will hit Indian shores somewhere in 2016.
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