Meet the all-new Audi A4! It is one of the most-anticipated cars of 2007 and Audi hopes this model will help it to become the largest manufacturer of premium cars.
The new Audi A4 will be here in 2008
Audi is releasing few details of the car yet, but more will follow at the A4's official launch at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
Styling is evolutionary and the A4, which is code-named B8, follows Audi's current design trend as spearheaded by the new A5 coupe. The A4's face and tail design resembles that of the A5, while the overall design is sleeker.
It shares its interior layout and dashboard design with the A5 too.
Audi says the car's drag coefficient has been reduced to 0.27.
The car is obviously bigger than before too with an overall length of 4.70 metres.
When compared with the outgoing model, the front body overhang has been drastically shortened while the bonnet and wheelbase are both longer than before.
In the driveline, the differential has changed places with the clutch (or torque converter), making it possible to move the front axle forward by 154mm.
There are several new high-tech options available on the A4.
For example the car gets what Audi calls "drive select", which varies the engine, automatic transmission, steering and suspension damping characteristics to suit the driver's preferences at any given moment.
There is dynamic steering too that varies its ratio according to the car's speed. The damping control system for the hydraulic shock absorbers varies the damping characteristic individually, to combine sporty driving enjoyment with maximum road safety.
The new Audi A4 is being introduced with a choice of five engines, their power outputs ranging from 105kW to 195kW.
The four-cylinder petrol engine, like the diesels, is turbocharged, and both types of engine have direct fuel injection.
Various transmissions are available: a six-speed manual gearbox, the tiptronic automatic transmission, the multitronic continuously variable transmission, and either front-wheel drive or quattro permanent all-wheel drive.
Audi South Africa says that the new A4 will be here in 2008.