At the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, Audi unveiled the all-new, 2017 Audi A4 sedan and Avant wagon. While the two models might look very similar to their predecessors, they have been significantly overhauled in the areas that matter most.
For starters, the new A4 now rides on Audi’s MLB Evo platform, which premiered in the 2017 Q7 SUV. It has grown in length from 15.4 feet to 15.5 feet, while it wheelbase is up slightly at 9.3 feet. With a width of 6 feet, it is also 16 mm wider.
Despite the increased size, Audi’s compact sedan and wagon are up to 264 pounds (120 kg) lighter than the models they replace, thanks in large part to the extensive use of high-strength steel and aluminum in their construction.
Notable design highlights include a wider singleframe grille flanked by slightly reshaped headlights, a more slopping roofline, prominent shoulder lines and enlarged wheelhouses. Out back, the sedan has a higher boot lid, whereas the Avant features prominent roof-mounted spoiler.
The 2017 A4 has a more spacious and luxurious interior than the previous model, offering occupants more shoulder, head and legroom and a higher level of technology. Buyers have the option of an Audi virtual cockpit, which replaces the A4’s standard gauge cluster with a high-resolution 12.3 inch LCD screen that shows information pertaining to vehicle speed, navigation and more.
Also part of the long list of available features are a dash-mounted 8.3-inch touchscreen, completely-redesigned seats with highly configurable headrests, interior ambient LED lighting with no less than 30 selectable colors, a rear-seat entertainment system with dual 10.1-inch tablets, and a Bang & Olufsen sound system.
The A4 can be ordered with LTE connectivity and a Wi-Fi hotspot, as well as voice control, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support.
While European buyers have seven different engines to choose from — three gas burners and four diesel — North American buyers have a smaller selection, with Audi’s 2.0 TFSI four-cylinder gas-burner expected to be the most popular.
A 2.0 TDI diesel model will join the North American engine lineup for the first-time ever and it will deliver an estimated fuel economy rating of 63.6 U.S. mpg in the United States.
With regards to safety, the new A4 is offered with Stop&Go adaptive cruise control featuring traffic-jam assist, active lane assist and rear cross-traffic assist.
The 2017 Audi A4 goes on sale in the first half of 2016. Unfortunately, the Avant (wagon) will not be sold in the U.S. and Canada, although a rugged A4 Allroad Quattro might.