Audi is replacing its A4 L China-only model with a new generation of the long-wheelbase sedan.
Designed exclusively for Chinese customers, the new A4 L is 189 inches (4.81 meters) long with 114.5-inch (2.91 m) wheelbase, 1.6 inches (4.0 cm) more than the predecessor model. The current A4 is known for being significantly lighter than the vehicle it replaced and this variant makes no difference, as it weighs up to 242.5 pounds (110 kilograms) less than its predecessor.
Maybe you are already familiar with the design of the car, as it features no changes over the standard-wheelbase A4. That means Chinese customers will get a sporty sedan with aggressive front end, highlighted by optional Matrix LED headlights with dynamic turn signals.
But what really matters here is the interior, where we find a new “deluxe” automatic air conditioning system that can be controlled with just “a few buttons and dials.” The model also gets a head-up display which projects relevant information onto the windshield directly in the driver’s field of vision. The driver also won’t be missing the Audi virtual cockpit with its 12.3-inch screen that displays “highly detailed graphics” in “brilliant high resolution and with intricately rendered effects.”
Passengers can surf and email through a Wi-Fi hotspot using the LTE standard, while the Audi smartphone interface integrates cell phones into an environment developed especially for them. A 19-speaker 755-watt Bang & Olufsen sound system provides “a concert hall-type listening experience.”
Two TFSI engines will be offered for the model, both with a 2.0-liter displacement. Customers can choose from versions with 190 horsepower (140 kilowatts) and 252 hp (185 kW). Both they are mated to a seven-speed automatic gearbox with two clutches that sends power to the front wheels or to all four wheels if the customer has opted for Quattro permanent all-wheel drive.
Audi says sales of the A4 L will kick off this summer with pricing to be revealed closer to the release date.