In­tense progress

Audi’s lat­est A4 is an ‘ in­no­va­tive syn­the­sis of tech­nol­ogy and aes­thet­ics’

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING -

AUDI boasts its new A4 set higher bench­marks for the pre­mium sedan class, from the in­fo­tain­ment con­trols that are as easy to use as a cell­phone to light­weight con­struc­tion.

The sedan has grown sub­stan­tially since its in­tro­duc­tion to South Africa in 1994, and now re­quires a park­ing space that will fit its 4,73- me­tre length, but thanks to an in­tel­li­gent ma­te­rial mix and light­weight con­struc­tion it is up to 120 kilo­grams lighter, de­pend­ing on the en­gine.

Up front, Xenon headlights comes stan­dard with LED and Matrix LED tech­nol­ogy ( in­clud­ing dy­namic turn in­di­ca­tors) op­tional.

The smooth de­sign lines also make the A4 ex­tra slip­pery through the air, with the 2016 model A4 now boast­ing a drag co­ef­fi­cient of 0,23. White hot knifes ex­pe­ri­ence more re­sis­tance when cut­ting into a frozen block of but­ter than the A4 does in air.

Th­ese ex­tremely low fig­ures are the re­sult of com­plex fine­tun­ing and new so­lu­tions.

The outer lines of the air in­lets in­te­grate ad­di­tional open­ings — they guide some of the air stream over the wheel well, where it flows past wheels which have also been aero­dy­nam­i­cally op­ti­mised. De­tails such as the ex­te­rior mir­rors po­si­tioned on the door sills with their small in­te­grated nar­row stripes help en­hance the aeroa­cous­tics.

Un­der the hood

At mar­ket launch in South Africa, the new Audi A4 will be avail­able with a choice of two petrol en­gines, while a diesel and an ad­di­tional petrol quat­tro model will fol­low shortly af­ter. Com­pared with the pre­vi­ous model, their fuel con­sump­tion has been re­duced by up to 21%, while their power out­put has in­creased by up to 25%.

All en­gines will be of­fered in S tronic trans­mis­sion with the mul­titronic CVT trans­mis­sion dis­con­tin­ued.

Avail­able at launch will be a 1.4T FSI en­gine which has a max­i­mum out­put of 110 kW of power and 250 Nm of torque, which will be avail­able in both man­ual and S tronic trans­mis­sion.

It has a claimed fuel con­sump­tion of 4,9 l/ 100 km and a CO2 emis­sions value of 114 g/ km, mak­ing it ex­empt from CO2 tax­a­tion in South Africa.

The se­cond en­gine avail­able at launch will be the 2.0T FSI with 140 kW and 320 Nm of torque, avail­able only in S tronic. Its claimed fuel con­sump­tion is 5,4 l/ 100 km with cor­re­spond­ing CO2 emis­sions of 122 g/ km.

In ad­di­tion, a 2.0T FSI quat­tro will be in­tro­duced in April 2016, boast­ing 185 kW of power and 370 Nm of torque.

There­after to­wards the end of 2016, a 2.0 TDI 140 kW will round out the lo­cal of­fer­ing. The highly ef­fi­cient TDI en­gine has a com­bined fuel con­sump­tion of just 4,9 l/ 100 km.

New trim lines

For the first time, Audi South Africa will of­fer three dif­fer­ent trim lines for cus­tomers to choose from, namely Stan­dard, Sport and De­sign.

The Stan­dard line will of­fer the Audi A4 in its stan­dard form, whereas the Sport and De­sign lines pro­vide cus­tomers with par­tic­u­lar dif­fer­ences over and above the stan­dard equip­ment.

The S line ex­te­rior pack­age is

avail­able over th­ese trim lines.

The in­te­rior

Quiet, light, spa­cious — the new Audi A4 sur­passes its pre­de­ces­sor in al­most all in­te­rior di­men­sions. Shoul­der width and head clear­ance for driver and frontseat pas­sen­ger have in­creased by 11 mil­lime­tres, while the in­te­rior length has grown by 17 mil­lime­tres and rear legroom is 23 mil­lime­tres larger.

The new Audi mod­els set the bench­mark in their class in th­ese im­por­tant cri­te­ria. The Audi A4 is also a leader in its class in terms of noise lev­els with min­i­mal road noise ev­i­dent while driv­ing, due to com­pound safety glass with acous­tic film on the wind­screen.

The driver and pas­sen­gers are faced with abun­dance of in­tel­li­gent tech­nolo­gies, the use of which is even more in­tu­itive with the new Audi MMI dis­play and con­trol con­cept.

A new Audi tablet can be used as flex­i­ble rear seat en­ter­tain­ment for me­dia and ac­cess­ing the In­ter­net, and is also com- pletely re­mov­able to be used as a nor­mal tablet. An op­tional Bang & Olufsen sound sys­tem pro­vides 3D sound for the dis­cern­ing lis­tener. The staff at Audi Cen­tre Pi­eter­mar­itzburg, 9 Ar­mitage Road, Pi­eter­mar­itzburg are ea­ger to ex­plain spe­cials on all the op­tions.

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Audi says driv­ers of the A4 sedan can look for­ward to a truly high- tech ex­pe­ri­ence, in­clud­ing a phone box which con­nects cer­tain smart­phones to the on­board an­tenna and charges them in­duc­tively ( avail­able mid 2016).

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The MMI con­trol con­cept in the cen­tre con­sole is also a newly de­signed fea­ture and acts as the main con­trol el­e­ment. The topend in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem, has an 8,3- inch mon­i­tor and touch­pad in the ro­tary con­troller to zoom in and out and to en­ter char­ac­ters. The en­tire MMI con­trol logic is sim­i­lar to that of a smart­phone and in­cludes an in­tel­li­gent free- text search func­tion. BELOW: The op­tional vir­tual cock­pit fea­tures a 12,3- inch LCD screen that dis­plays high- res­o­lu­tion graph­ics.

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