Tuesday 21 May 2019

Audi A4 to come with mild hybrid tech

Audi A4
Audi A4
Eddie Cunningham

Eddie Cunningham

AUDI'S revised A4 will arrive in the autumn, bolstered by the addition of mild-hybrid technology on some models.

The TFSI petrol motor will have a 12-volt mild-hybrid (MHEV) from launch and two others will follow soon after.

The company is also majoring on connectivity: there's a large MMI touch display claimed to mirror smartphone functions. The free-standing touchscreen has acoustic feedback and replaces the current rotary/push-button control. I'm looking forward to testing Audi's claim that "the natural-language voice control understands many of the phrases used in everyday speech"

LED headlights are standard across both SE and S line trim levels. There are myriad driver assist systems; a 'Tour' package, for example, has adaptive cruise control.

There will be six turbocharged engines at launch (from 136hp to 354hp); they range from the A4 30 TDI to the S4 TDI.

Audi claims the mild-hybrid system cuts fuel consumption by up to 0.3 litres/100kms.

Transmissions include manual, 7spd S tronic and 8spd Tiptronic, with a choice of front-wheel or quattro drive.

In reality, all models will have automatic transmissions of some sort, the only exception being the entry-level TFSI petrol. No word yet on price.

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