2016 Audi A4 and A4 Avant revealed
THIS is our first look at the all-new Audi A4 and Audi A4 Avant we'll be seeing in Australia next year.
You'd be forgiven for thinking the fifth generation A4 sedan and wagons had merely undergone a mild facelift rather than being 'all-new', such are its design similarities to the current A4 models.
But the 2016 cars will be larger, up to 120kg lighter depending on engine choice, and slippier than ever with a class-leading 0.23 drag coefficient - a figure that would also make the A4 one of the most aerodynamic production cars in history.
Audi says there has been a clear focus on engine, infotainment and driver assistance technologies for the new A4, while suggesting the driving dynamics will take "a great leap forward".
There's no word this early on to suggest which engines Australia will receive in the new A4, but for its German launch there will be three TFSI petrols and four TDI diesels.
Audi says power will range from 110kW to 200kW across the range, while fuel consumption will be up to 21 per cent lower than in current A4 models.
It claims an outstanding 3.7-litres/100km from its A4 2.0 TDI ultra model alongside a CO2 figure of 95g/km, or 3.8-litres/100km and 99g/km for the Avant version.
The 2.0 TFSI ultra also appears superb on paper with an efficient and "innovative new combustion method" offering 140kW while returning 4.8-litres/100km and 109g/km.
Audi also says that during the model lifecycle a g-tron version will be launched which can use natural gas or the sustainably produced Audi e-gas as fuel.
The six-speed manual transmission, seven-speed S tronic (now also available for front-wheel drive) and the eight-speed tiptronic have been redesigned.
Attracting tech lovers, the new A4's standard and optional toys include an MMI control concept in the centre console, Audi virtual cockpit (a digital combination instrument with 12.3-inch LCD screen), Audi phone box with wireless charging, head-up display and Audi Matrix LED headlights.
There's the expected sea of passive and active safety systems as well, including a traffic jam assist which supposedly eases driving in slow-moving traffic.
Audi needs its new A4 to continue the fight with fellow German rivals Mercedes C-Class and BMW 3 Series, and will also now have Jaguar's incoming XE model on its radar.
More details will be revealed closer to the A4's Australian launch sometime next year.