2017 Audi A4 sedan shows off aggressive fascia ahead of Detroit auto show
The last “all-new” Audi A4 came in way back in 2008 — eons ago in today’s ultra-competitive entry-luxe market. But the new ninth-generation 2017 Audi A4 will finally make its world premiere at the Detroit auto show on Monday.
The new Audi compact sedan uses the VW group’s new MLB platform and gets sharper design details front and back, and more power, all while shaving weight. It goes on sale this spring with a base price of $38,250 for the front-wheel-drive model; all-wheel drivers start at $40,350 including destination.
Power is up 32 ponies to 252 hp; torque is rated at 273 lb-ft, up from 258 lb-ft. The only engine choice is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four, and all models get a seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission, as opposed to last year when an eight-speed Tiptronic automatic with a torque converter was offered on some configurations.
The 2017 Audi A4 gets a multilink suspension setup front and rear; Audi says handling and comfort have been improved by using lighter-weight parts and revised tuning. An available sport suspension lowers ride by about an inch while the adaptive damping option varies with drive modes; 17-inch, 10-spoke wheels are standard.
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Exterior features include Audi’s Singleframe grille, angular headlights and available LED illumination. The mirrors are powered and heated; inside, the A4 has a three-spoke steering wheel, ambient LED lighting, three-zone climate control, eight-way power seats and a sunroof, all standard. Audi’s slick Virtual Cockpit is offered with a 12.3-inch screen in place of standard gauges, using quad-core processing and Google Maps. The central dash either gets 7- or 8.3-inch screen with a dial on the center console to control it. A 755-watt Bang & Olufsen stereo is optional.
As for safety, Audi pre sense closes the windows and sunroof, tightens the belts and primes the brakes when a crash is imminent. It detects vehicles as well as pedestrians at speeds up to 52 mph. The system is available on Premium Plus models, standard on the Prestige trim. Vehicle exit assist, part of pre sense, watches for traffic when exiting the vehicle; rear-cross traffic alert helps you when backing up and turn assist will stop the car if you make a turn into oncoming traffic.
We tested most of these systems on the 2017 Audi Q7 last year and found them to be mostly helpful, but sometimes annoying when you aren’t expecting intervention.
We’ll have complete details Monday at the reveal, which you can watch live here; also be sure to check back for all the 2016 Detroit auto show news throughout next week.