As previously reported, we were invited to the Italian Alps for the international media drive of the facelifted B9 Audi A4 last week. Ingolstadt will have to wait a few moments, but at the event, a photo of a new, compact executive sedan has been unveiled and the local arm, Asi Singapore, will give some key details about the car to arrive in Malaysia I informed you at the foot.
First, the bad news – the revised A4 will be released next year, and a specific release schedule has not been specified for local release. In addition, there are few details that can be collected, but only the 2.0 TFSI Quattro is offered. It's right, the more advanced 1.4 TFSI and the Intermediate 2.0 TFSI version.
Essentially the same as the European specs 45 TFSI Quattro you see here, this model gets the same 4-liter turbocharged 2.0-liter engine as before. But it was slightly detuned from 252 hp to 245 hp (peak torque is 320 Nm). However, the facelift sees the introduction of a 12 volt mild hybrid system to improve fuel economy.
The MHEV system consists of a belt alternator starter (BAS) interposed between the engine and a 7-speed Steronic wet-clutch transmission and a 12-volt lithium-ion battery mounted below the boot floor. BAS restores up to 5 kW of kinetic energy during deceleration, which can be used to turn off the engine while driving for up to 10 seconds at a speed of 55 to 160 km / h.
It also allows the start / stop system to operate when decelerating to more than 22 km / h and restart immediately when needed. If the vehicle is equipped with a specific driver assistance system (considering the past form) it is unlikely to be in our market. When the car starts again, it will start the engine preemptively. However, unlike more powerful 48 volt systems, it does not offer any form of acceleration boost.
A4 – Introduced in May – Technically, the second revision we received since the B5 generation was released in 2015 – we get a comprehensive facade rework using the new A6, A7 and A8 siblings. On the front, the trademark "single frame" was separated from the bonnet closure and became thinner, wider and flat.
On its side it is a trapezoidal headlight that loses the pronounced twist of the previous model, now with a split LED daytime running light reminiscent of those on the new A1. Fake corner air intakes also have been re-profiled with U-shaped inserts in the S-line model.
Down the car further down, the whole body was redesigned. And while the clamshell bonnet was maintained, the nature line carrying the shutline crashed in the middle to make a prominent haunt around the four – wheel arch – the quattro all – wheel drive system of the car. Even the C-pillar was reworked to allow faster rake using the new radar quarter-light window.
The optional rear LED tail light features a graphic with the DRL placed symmetrically on the front and connects to the chrome bootstrip. The twin integrated trapezoidal outfit with a reconstructed diffuser completes the exterior and options include the S-Line package, Matrix LED headlight and black exterior highlight, as well as the Mercedes-Benz Night Package.
Less changes can be found internally. And indeed you will not find a cool dual screen center console from the new A8. However, the 10.1-inch center display connects to Audi's latest MMI system based on the Volkswagen Group's 3rd generation Modular Infotainment Matrix (MIB3). Because it now only works with touch, the previous rotary controller has been replaced with a Cubee hole instead of a gear lever.
The top system supports LTE advanced connectivity and offers options such as Google Earth navigation with WiFi hotspots, real-time traffic information and on-street parking information, Qi wireless charging and a 15 speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system. One of the standard features identified in the Malaysian market is the revised Audi Virtual Cockpit plus instrument panel, which adds a new "dynamic" theme.