Audi took the evolutionary, rather than revolutionary, approach when it came time to redesign the brand’s A4. While the latest generation’s look might not set hearts racing, a plethora of tiny tweaks by the engineers manage to make the the four-door larger, up to 264 pounds lighter, and slice the drag coefficient down to 0.23.
Audi has made its modern reputation on the style and quality of its interiors, and the new A4 seems to make good on that tradition. In-cabin appointments and tech see a serious upgrade, including offering Audi’s fully digital, Virtual Cockpit, instrument panel.
In the US, the new A4 arrives for the 2017 model year offering power from either diesel or gasoline. The 2.0-liter TDI is essentially a carryover from the Audi lineup, but the 2.0-liter TFSI sees some big upgrades, including a new cylinder head. It’s now rated at 252 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. At launch here, all A4s get a seven-speed S-tronic dual-clutch gearbox. Front-wheel drive and Quattro all-wheel drive are available.
For an added dose of forbidden fruit, you can check out the crimson A4 Avant in the gallery above the from Frankfurt Motor Show. Take a good look because this long-roof variant isn’t coming to the US. Yes, we’re listening to sad violin music, too. Although, the next Allroad is coming here eventually after that higher-riding wagon debuts.
2017 Audi A4 evolves into a larger, lighter luxury sedan [w/video]