Audi is about to bring in the new A4 mid-size luxury sedan to India very soon, and is already offering heavy discounts on the outgoing model to clear the stocks. The new car was showcased at the 2016 Auto Expo, and here are some facts about the car that you should know.
1.It’s undergone serious weight-loss
The new car weighs as much as 120kg less than its predecessor, which makes it lighter than rivals like the BMW 3 series, Jaguar XE and the Mercedes C-class. This weight-loss is attributed to its new aluminium and high-grade steel intensive underpinnings, but what’s worth noting is that the car is actually longer and wider, which means it should be more spacious on the inside. The lighter weight also means that it will be more fuel efficient.
2.There’s more tech on board
Analog dials for the instrument cluster will look like things of the past, as the new A4 will come with Audi’s new Virtual Cockpit all-digital instrument cluster. It’s a massive high-definition screen that can not only display your speedometer and rev-counter, but it can also be customised to show maps, and car infotainment information. Additionally, there will also be a dash-top mounted 7.0-inch touchscreen that will display other in-car info.
3. It will be introduced with a petrol engine
The ongoing anti-diesel sentiment in India has gotten carmakers to go back to petrol powered cars. Audi too is following suit with the new A4, which will be introduced in India with a 1.8-litre petrol motor. Later, there are plans for a 190hp 2.0-litre diesel, which is likely to come with the option of a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic and a six-speed manual gearbox; the latter on the car’s base variant. A 1.4-litre petrol and a powerful 272hp 3.0-litre V6 turbo-diesel are also likely to be offered in the Indian car at a later stage.
4. Loaded with features
Expect the fully loaded car to come with a long features list like the aforementioned Virtual Cockpit instrument cluster, Audi’s Matrix LED headlights, a high-end Bang & Olufsen sound system, an infotainment system equipped with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, three-zone climate control, wireless phone charging, a sunroof and driving modes (Drive Select), and that’s just to name a few.
5. To be priced competitively
With new launches from Audi coming in at competitive prices, expect the A4 to follow suit. It’s likely to bear a sub-Rs 40 lakh starting price tag.