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All-new Audi A4 Avant

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If the success of the previous Audi A4 Avant is anything to go by, the new generation model should be a winner.

With its design mimicking that of the handsome sedan launched at last year's Frankfurt Motor Show, the wagon is significantly bigger than its predecessor.

It is said to be sportier too, with shortened front overhangs, a longer wheelbase and "flatter" D-pillars which lend the A4 Avant a sleeker profile.

Bigger, but lighter

However, despite its increase in size, this Avant is more rigid than before while also being about 10% lighter.

Based on the sedan, the wagon is said to offer a "new" driving experience thanks to its re-positioned five-link front axle that ensures better load distribution and sharper handling - a good thing to consider when the Avant is called to load-lugging duty.

It offers up to 1 430 litres of luggage space - what it considers best-in-class - with a 60/40 split rear seat. There is also a reversible cargo floor and an electronic cargo cover. Further luxury features include electronic tailgate operation and tie-down eyelets for securing luggage.

Inside the A4 Avant, the cabin is said to be driver-oriented with several features lifted from its larger siblings.

New features

The wagon now has an electro-mechanical park brake along with a redesigned climate control unit that reportedly saves about 0.2 litres of fuel per 100 km.

On the safety front, along with the usual complement of airbags and pre-tensioned seatbelts, a system called Audi backguard is enabled in a rear collision and the backs of the front seats and head rests support the upper body.

The engine line-up promises to be comprehensive too, covering a range of petrol and turbodiesel units with a variety of transmissions, too.

Flagship models will also be fitted with quattro permanent all-wheel drive as standard.

It also stands to reason that the A4 Avant is equipped with a brace of state-of-the-art safety systems, including ABS and ESP that can be partially switched off at speeds under 70 km/h.

Other features include a parking system, lane assist (lane departure warning), side assist (monitors blind spots) and adaptive cruise control.

  • New A4 Avant will be shown at the Geneva Motor Show and becomes available in South Africa from the third quarter of this year.


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