Ahead of its formal world debut at the Frankfurt motor show this Autumn, details and pictures of the new Audi A4 saloon Avant have been revealed.
Although it's not drastically different than its predecessor, the new A4 is longer, wider, and every body panel is new. Aerodynamics have been the focus of this facelift, a flat undertray and new sculpting at the back make it the most dynamic of its rivals. Bigger doesn't always mean heavier, it's 120kg lighter than the current A4 thanks to a combination of hot-formed high-strength steel and aluminium.
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The biggest change can be found inside thanks to the 12in LCD digital screen found in the latest Audi TT. It's entirely configurable, letting the sat-nav take over the entire screen or conventional dials, with many grades in between.
Bootspace in the new Audi A4 Avant has also increased to 505 litres (seats up) or 1510 litres (seats down). Electric boot and load cover come as standard. The bigger load capacity beats the C-class and 3-series Touring, useful for those with a family.
Seven engines will be available on the new saloon and Avant from launch, three petrols and four diesels:
1.4 TFSI petrol 148bhp, 0-62mph 8.9sec, 131mph, 57.7mpg, 114g/km CO2
2.0 TFSI petrol 187bhp, 0-62mph 7.3sec, 149mph, 58.8mpg, 114g/km CO2
2.0 TFSI petrol 248bhp, 0-62mph 5.8sec, 155mph, 49.6mpg, 129g/km CO2
2.0 TDI diesel 148bhp, 0-62mph 8.6sec, 136mph, 74.3mpg, 99g/km CO2
2.0 TDI diesel 187bhp, 0-62mph 7.7sec, 147mph, 68.9mpg, 107g/km CO2
3.0 TDI diesel 218bhp, final figures tbc
3.0 TDI diesel 272bhp, final figures tbc
A six-speed manual is standard-fit, with the option of a seven-gear ?S-tronic on some models, including a freewheel coasting option to save fuel by disengaging the drive. Front-wheel drive is standard, but Quattro is available on most models (now with the Sport differential on the rear axle as an option).
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