The all-new Audi A4 is being showcased at the Auto Expo 2016, marking its first official presence in India. Based on the VW Group’s new MLB Evo modular platform, the new Audi A4 is bigger, wider, lighter and more efficient than its predecessor.
Sitting at 4.73 metres long, with a wheelbase of 2.82 metres, the new A4 is 21mm longer and has 12mm of added wheelbase as compared to the outgoing saloon version, apart from being 120 kilograms lighter as well. Audi claims to have improved fuel economy by 21 per cent across the new model range, while upping power by 25 per cent at the same time. Incidentally, the same platform also underpins the new Audi Q7 and even the Bentley Bentayga.
The new A4′ styling is evolutionary at best, but this time around, the lines get sharper and the surfaces tauter. Up front, Audi’s new, signature, trapezoidal grille says hello, and is flanked by sharply styled headlamps come with the optional Matrix LED technology. The S-line kit, showcased here, also adds aggressive bumpers with chrome trimming.
For this generation, the side mirrors have now moved to the doors from the triangular window panel. New, aerodynamically designed mirror caps, along with the new positioning helps improve the turbulent airflow in that area, reducing drag. The rear end features slimmer tail-lamps and a redesigned rear bumper.
The 2016 Audi A4 gets fresher interiors, and highlights include the Audi Virtual Cockpit that features a massive 12.3-inch colour display, a new MMI touch-screen system with a 8.3-inch display, a Bang & Olufsen sound system that comes with 3D audio technology, heads-up display, Audi phone box with wireless charging, optional LED interior lighting packages with color-adjustable ambient lighting etc.. The interiors can be had trimmed with Alcantara inserts, open-pore woods, high-quality plastics, and leather.
Although a host of petrol and diesel engines are on offer internationally, the Audi A4 showcased here was powered the 3.0-litre TDI V6 diesel engine, good for 218 PS of power. The engine is mated to a seven-speed, dual clutch, S Tronic transmission, which sends power to the front wheels. The Quattro all-wheel drive system is optional, and the show car didn’t seem to feature that. We can expect Audi India to launch the new A4 sometime this year itself.