AUDI’S revised A4 will arrive in the autumn, bolstered by the addition of mild-hybrid technology on some models.
The TFSI petrol motor will have a 12-volt mild-hybrid (MHEV) from launch and two others will follow soon after.
The company is also majoring on connectivity: there’s a large MMI touch display claimed to mirror smartphone functions. The free-standing touchscreen has acoustic feedback and replaces the current rotary/push-button control. I’m looking forward to testing Audi’s claim that “the natural-language voice control understands many of the phrases used in everyday speech”
LED headlights are standard across both SE and S line trim levels. There are myriad driver assist systems; a ‘Tour’ package, for example, has adaptive cruise control.
There will be six turbocharged engines at launch (from 136hp to 354hp); they range from the A4 30 TDI to the S4 TDI.
Audi claims the mild-hybrid system cuts fuel consumption by up to 0.3 litres/100kms.
Transmissions include manual, 7spd S tronic and 8spd Tiptronic, with a choice of front-wheel or quattro drive.
In reality, all models will have automatic transmissions of some sort, the only exception being the entry-level TFSI petrol. No word yet on price.