Audi focus on efficiency
Audi has taken a big jump forward in terms of technology and the new A4 will benefit from safety and driver assist advances when it arrives here in November.
The company has developed a Piloted Driving device which is an adaptive cruise control system linked to navigation technology that can control speed without any direct driver input. Apart from the safety aspect it can save up to 10 per cent on fuel bills on long journeys. There is also a Driver Assistance set-up of benefit in slow moving urban crawl where the car is guided through traffic and manages lane driving without driver input.
How much of this new technology will be in the A4 will be revealed when prices and specification are announced near to launch date.But expect a good level of equipment as the battle in the compact executive segment is getting ever more intense with a new BMW 3-Series on the way, a new Jaguar XE to contend with and the ever popular Mercedes Benz C-Class all in the mix.
The new A4, which will be launched internationally at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, has been given a stronger, sharper look with a big grille front, a longer bonnet and prominent rear lights giving a wider look. The body - 22mm longer and 15mm wider - is lower and has more interior space. Audi engineers say there is also more knee room in the rear. Both the saloon and Avant versions will arrive together with the Avant getting slightly more boot space.
Efficiency and refinement are the most important developments. Audi say that across the model range, economy is improved by up to 21pc while power is up 25pc.
The shedding of 120kgs ,despite the longer body and an increased wheelbase, has been a big help here thanks to a combination of lighter engines, suspensions and looms.
The interior gets a fresh now look with a redesigned centre console and dash along with a new MMI display. Seating has also been improved.
Seven-inch and 8.3" screens are available with smart phone technology for communications, entertainment and navigation and there is even an optional12.3" screen.
Under the bonnet the improvements continue with seven new or revised engines to choose from. There are four TDi diesels and three TFSi petrol options.
One of the 2-litre TDi engines with 150bhp output can return 3.7L/100km (over 70mpg) with just 99g/km of C02, Audi claims.
There is also a new 1.4 litre 150bhp TFSi engine returning 4.6L/100km (58mpg) with C02 output of 114g/km.
Economy is helped by Stop-Start which is standard on all models. Also on the way is a 218bhp V6 engine with just 110g/km of Co2.