Audi just unveiled the all new A4 Avant, the estate or the station wagon version of their popular A4. It is unlikely we for us to get the estate but, we can expect the all new A4 sedan which was displayed at the 2016 Auto Expo to reach India this year.
Starting with its USP, the A4 Avant intelligently integrates 505 litres of luggage capacity extending to 1,510 litres with the seats folded into the interior that now has even more head and shoulder room for front seat occupants and offers an increase in overall rear leg room compared to its predecessor.
In terms of equipment, in standard trim it includes 17-inch alloy wheels, xenon or LED headlights with LED DRLs, Audi smartphone interface, Audi drive select, three-zone climate control and 7-inch colour MMI monitor. The options list also include a 19-speaker, 755-watt Bang & Olufsen audio system with 3D sound, Audi Entertainment mobile incorporating two detachable touch-screen tablet computers built into the rear seats, the Audi phone box bringing two separate Bluetooth connections and wireless smartphone charging and MMI Navigation plus with a larger 8.3-inch monitor.
The A4 is available with a wide range of 2-litre and 3-litre TDI engines with power outputs ranging from 145bhp to 264bhp. Audi says that it has reworked the six-speed manual, seven-speed S-Tronic and eight speed tiptronic transmissions.
All models are available with suspension in either a comfort-focused state of tune or with a tauter and more sporting set-up. The latter is standard for S line versions but can be ‘deselected’ in favour of comfort suspension at no extra cost. It is also possible to specify a dynamic steering system which varies its ratio according to speed and steering angle and adaptive damper control with a ‘sport’ bias for all versions. Adaptive damper control with a ‘comfort’ can also be specified for all versions bar the ultra-models, which are exclusively equipped with sports suspension.
Coming to driver aids, Audi has also introduced an evolved version of its Quattro All Wheel Drive system on the A4 Avants with the 2-litre 190 and 3-litre 218 engine. The car also gets an array of driver aids like reversing out of a parking space into fast-moving crossing traffic to enduring stop-start city driving. Drivers looking to maximise economy will also appreciate the predictive efficiency assistant, which helps drivers to reduce fuel consumption by up to 10 per cent by using navigation route data to alert them to situations in which it would make sense to reduce speed, such as before bends, towns or speed limit signs that are not yet visible.