Following its public debut at the Beijing Motor Show, the long wheelbase version of the Audi A4 has got onto the streets of China. This stretched version of the regular A4, which was recently spotted testing in the country, is scheduled to launch later this year in September.
Designed specifically for the Chinese market, it’s called the A4 L and it is 4.81m long (40mm longer than the previous China-only A4 L) to offer more legroom and comfort at the back for the chauffeur-driven crowd.
The A4 L can be had in either of the two petrol engine options, both 2-litre TFSI motors but with different tunes. There’s the 190bhp version or the more powerful 250bhp version, both paired to Audi's 7-speed S-tronic gearbox.
Chinese premium car buyers tend to prefer rear seat space and comfort above all else, which explains how long wheelbase versions have become so popular in China off late. The A4 L, for one, is being made in China by the FAW-Volkswagen joint venture. It competes with the BMW 3Li, Mercedes C-class L and the Volvo S60 L.