Audi, the German automajor has finally confirmed the launch of new Audi A4 on 8th September 2016 in India. The new Gen A4 made its first public appearance at the 2016 Delhi auto expo and it has been spotted on test a number of times. The Audi A4 is due for the facelift as the current model is on sale in the country since 2008.
The fifth generation model comes with both cosmetic, design and features upgrades. However, Audi’s Quattro all wheel drive won’t be the part of India spec model. New A4 is 25mm longer, 16mm wider and has 16mm longer wheelbase while it is now lighter by 95 kgs. The increased dimensions result in improved cabin length by 17mm and improve leg room space by 23mm. The 2016 A4 is 4726mm long, 1842mm wide, 1427mm tall and has a wheelbase of 2820mm.
Based on second GEN MLB platform, the premium sedan is offered with range of petrol and diesel engines ranging from 1.4l to 3.0 litre and transmission options include 6-speed manual, 7-speed S tronic automatic and 8-speed automatic in the international markets. For the Indian market, it would be offered in a single variant i.e. 1.4l TFSI petrol which delivers 147bhp max power and 250Nm of high torque. The engine would be linked with a 7-speed S- tronic automatic gearbox.
Speaking of the changes, A4 now bears new face with tweaked matrix LED headlights, signature chrome coated front grille, new front bumper with large air dams. It also gets sleek OVRMs, new alloy wheels, new rear bumper and re-styled LED tail lamps. The interiors have been transformed completely, the analogue replaced by 12.3 inch TFT powered virtual cockpit, multi way adjustable front seats, three zone climate control with rear AC vents, multi-function steering wheel etc.
Features like bang and Olufsen sound system, MMI infotainment with Apple car play and Android auto, sunroof, ambient lighting and drive select with range of driving modes defines aspects of new A4.
Like current model, 2016 A4 would be locally manufactured at Audi’s Aurangabad product facility and expected to price around Rs. 40 lakh (ex-showroom). The competition would come against the likes of Jaguar XE, BMW 3-series and Mercedes Benz C-class.