The Audi A4 is a very important car to Audi. Around 20 years ago, the model almost single-handedly saved the company’s American branch which for years had been facing a case concerning its cars faulty transmission system which rendered the cars to sudden acceleration.
Through PR campaigns, the automaker used the A4 to entice back buyers and the model rose up to be not only their savior but established itself in the American luxury cars landscape. However, of late, the model’s fortunes have dwindled amid an onslaught by the established BMW 3 Series, Mercedes Benz C-Class and the upcoming Cadillac ATS and Lexus IS.
The new model is set to change that and make the A4 the car to beat in this segment; whether the vehicle will achieve this objective remains to be seen considering the extent of the competitors excellent offerings. Read along to find out more on the A4;
2017 Audi A4 Exterior
The 2017 Audi A4 sedan is based on the MLB Evo architecture which is somewhat odd for a sedan and SUV to share the same platform. The vehicle stretches 186.1 inches long, 72 inches wide and has a height of 56.2 inches. These dimensions translate to a 0.9-inch additional rear legroom as well as additional front headroom and shoulder room. The vehicle use of lightweight materials has led to a weight reduction of between 70 and 100 pounds.
At the front, the A4 features the signature single frame grille which has an aluminum-optic surround. The grille is flanked by xenon plus headlights (LED headlights are optional) and LED DRLs. The vehicle also features a clam-shell hood which seems to flow seamlessly into the vehicle’s shoulder lines giving the car a dynamic stance. At the rear, the vehicle features dynamic LED taillights and dynamic turn signals. On the sides, it features heated and power-adjustable side mirrors.
The vehicle rides on 17-inch, 5-spoke wheels covered in all-season tires. 5-spoke 18-inch wheels wrapped in all-season tires and Audi Sport 10-V spoke 19-inch wheels wrapped in summer tires are offered as options.
2017 Audi A4 Interior
Many Audi enthusiasts have complained about the vehicle’s tight rear space. Audi has responded to this by improving the vehicle’s rear legroom as well as offering better headroom at the front.
The most eye-catching feature in its cabin is the new 12.3-inch customizable instruments panel which displays a large navigation screen surrounded by analogue gauges. The big screen is meant to keep the driver focused on the road. This instruments panel design has been adopted form the TT and it’s is also featured on the 2017 Q7.
The vehicle also comes with a 7-inch screen MMI as standard or 8.3-inch optional MMI infotainment system which is mounted on top of the dashboard. There is also an option for a full-color head-up display on the windshield. Its infotainment system also features Smartphone integration which supports Google Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The automaker also offers their Audi Connect which is supported by 4G LTE. It features functions such as weather updates, Apple Siri Eyes Free integration, online traffic info, internet radio streaming and Twitter alerts among others.
The cabin also features an acoustic windshield which helps keep the cabin-noise level to a minimum level. The cabin is illuminated by LED lighting which highlights the luxurious quality. It also features a 3-spoke multifunction steering wheel; 8-way power adjusted front seats with a 4-way power lumbar support for the driver, a tilt and sliding power sunroof and a 3-zone automatic climate control. The rear seats have a 40/20/40 split folding functionality. The seats also feature armrests and cup-holders.
The vehicle also features an array of driving aids such as traffic-sign recognition, a triple-play adaptive cruise control that has the ability to control braking, acceleration and steering at speeds not exceeding 38 mph.
Under the A4’s hood, Audi offers just a single power-train. The models will be powered by a turbocharged 2.0 L 4-cylinder engine which has been re-tuned to offer more power. The engine produces 252 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque compared to 220 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque on the outgoing models.
The engine is also paired with a new transmission system. The new system is a 7-speed dual-clutch setup. The models will be offered in both FWD and AWD. In future, the automaker will introduce a lower entry-level model powered by a 2.0 L petrol engine with less output as well as a diesel engine to the A4 lineup.
Price and release date
To own an 2017 Audi A4, customers will pay MSRP $ 38, 250 inclusive of a $ 950 destination charge for the base Premium trim models with FWD. This represents a $ 1,400 price hike from the outgoing models.
For more fun, buyers can choose models with torque-vectoring Quattro AWD system for an additional $ 2,100. The Premium Plus trim models start at $ 42,050 while the top-of-the range Prestige trim with Quattro goes for $ 48,900. Sales will commence in the spring of this year (2016).
Major competitors of the 2017 Audi A4 will be Mercedes-Benz C300, BMW 328i, Cadillac ATS, Lexus IS and the Jaguar XE