Audi has run up its sales numbers since the end of recession by offering highly-stylized vehicles, with balanced driving dynamics and the latest technology and the new 2017 Audi A4 making its debut at the North American international Auto Show in Detroit doubles down on the formula.
The ninth generation of the A4, which sits at the very heart of the Audi model line-up, includes a revamped 2.0-liter engine, a new cockpit equipped with the latest technical features and new exterior styling that carries on the German carmaker’s tradition of offering striking designs.
The exterior has been redesigned around what are described as sportier proportions, including a horizontal grille. It also incorporates wrap-around lines emphasizing the vehicle’s length to the wheel arches that accentuate the vehicle’s performance appeal.
The front of the A4 has a stylized grille that emphasizes depth and sporty character and a clam-shell hood that reaches back into the shoulder line giving the A4 a dynamic stance. LED headlights are an Audi signature have been made available on the Audi A4 with a progressive undercut design to enhance the frontal appearance of the 2017 models.
Powerful wheel arches and a crisp wrap-around shoulder line which flows seamlessly from the hood to the rear of the vehicle. The interior has a greater feeling of spaciousness and lightness due to a three-dimensional decorative inlay that spans from the door panels across the dashboard.
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The refined interior of the A4, reminiscent of the award-winning interior in Audi’s flagship sedan, the A8, includes additional driver-focused technologies. The acoustic windshield was designed to help keep cabin-noise to an exceptionally low level and standard ambient LED interior lighting creates a positive sense of space and highlights the character of the materials used throughout the interior.
In addition, the all-new A4 features improved interior space with increased shoulder and head clearance for the driver and front-seat passenger as well as increased rear legroom.
The powertrain and chassis of the all-new A4 have been completely redeveloped, allowing for a sportier driving experience and more comfortable ride for long distances.
Featuring a completely redeveloped power train, the 2.0-liter engine can generate 252 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque. The new S-tronic dual clutch transmission offers greater efficiency with dynamic shifting characteristics to help optimize fuel consumption.
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A significant weight savings was achieved through the aluminum-hybrid lightweight construction of the chassis.
A new front five-link suspension allows for greater steering precision and handling through optimized steering-rack placement direct at wheel centers. Handling and comfort enhancements have also improved through the reduced unsprung weight of lightweight aluminum control-arm components and revised elastokinematic attributes.
The A4 also features a suite of advanced infotainment functions including the available Audi virtual cockpit and a newly designed infotainment system with standard Audi smartphone integration, which supports Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto.
An available 19-speaker, 755-watt Bang & Olufsen 3D Sound System virtually creates a sense of sound dimensionality offering a revolutionary, life-like musical experience. With exceptional attention to detail, dynamic handling, sharpened design and the latest technologies, the ninth generation A4 sets a new standard in the luxury sedan segment.
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The all-new entry A4 starts at $37,300 compared to $35,900 for the outgoing model.