Audi has unveiled the new 2016 Audi A4 sedan and Avant models, whose specs suggest an improvement over the previous A4s from the German automaker in the areas of efficiency and aerodynamics. However, these aren’t as big a deal as this: The fifth-generation A4 arrives weighing 264 pounds less, give or take a few pounds depending on the trim and the engine. And yet, the car is slightly larger than its immediate predecessor.
Design-wise, Audi engineers appear to have taken cue from the new Q7 and R8, as Auto Blog points out the A4 sports “sharper lines” than the fourth-generation A4. The optimized body aides A4’s status as the best-in-class aerodynamics, and the drag coefficient of 0.23 is quite an achievement.
The interior received an upgrade, with the new MMI controls and infotainment controllers located closer to the center console, similar to A8, per the Auto Blog. The MMI interface features the latest in navigation, LTE and WiFi, with an 8.3-inch color display as the centerpiece. .
The A4 line-up will feature three gasoline and four diesel engines when it debuts in Europe, and it remains a matter of speculation as to which engines will be available in the U.S. The 2.0-liter TSFI turbocharged inline-four engine packing 272 hp and the 2.0-liter TDI diesel see to be likely. The sedan will be sold in front- and all-wheel drive variants, with the two-wheel-drive now offered in dual-clutch transmission.
The new A4 and A4 Avant have lower CO2 emissions, producing 95 grams per kilometer in the case of the A4 Sedan 2.0 TDI ultra, while the 2.0 TFSI engine version emits 109 grams per kilometer.
The 2016 A4 and A4 Avant will arrive this fall, according to Audi.
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