After being the subject of numerous speculations and spy shots, the Audi A4 sedan has finally been unveiled ahead of its public debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. Internally called B9, this fifth-generation A4 has been comprehensively upgraded to help it take on the Mercedes-Benz C-Class and the BMW 3 Series.
The new A4 still carries the instantly recognisable shape and silhouette, though the front has been revamped to give the car sharper look. The MLB Evo platform has helped the A4 shed 120 kilograms, which not only makes the car quicker, but also aids the efficiency. Audi claims that the new model is 21 per cent more efficient that its predecessor, despite a 25 per cent bump in power. The new chassis has also made the car more spacious, improving legroom and knee room for rear seat passengers.
Audi has completely redesigned the centre console and the dashboard to give the new A4 a modern look. The seat and the steering wheel have been also revamped, while the 12.3-inch virtual cockpit first seen in the Audi TT Coupe is offered as an optional extra.
Audi is offering a host of new trims and decorative detailing for the interior. The matrix LED headlamps will also be available as an optional extra. Under the hood, the new A4 comes with retuned versions of the same engines that were used in its predecessor. All the engines get a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, while the seven-speed S tronic is available as an option.
Audi has also unveiled the estate version of the A4, called A4 Avant, along with the sedan. While the new Audi A4 will go on sale internationally by the end of this year, we can expect it to be launched here in early 2016.