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Audi Unveils 2017 A4; Brings Less Weight, More Technology To A4 Lineup

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On: Thu, Jul 2, 2015 at 2:07PM | By: Carl Malek

Audi Unveils 2017 A4; Brings Less Weight, More Technology To A4 Lineup

With its rivals being updated or heavily revamped, Audi has followed suit and has unveiled the 2017 A4, which will formally introduce the world to the new technology and weight-saving features of the A4 model family at the upcoming Frankfurt Auto Show.

The exterior styling of the A4 doesn't depart to radically from basic Audi design cues, but, like the recently unveiled Q7 SUV, the A4 features more sharp angles and creases in its styling, which should help it stand out a little better visually when compared side by side with rivals such as the BMW 3-Series, Cadillac ATS, and the Mercedes Benz C-Class. The A4 also rides on the company's new MLB platform (shared with the Q7). As a result, overall length has been nudged up from 15.4 feet to 15.5 feet. The wheelbase has also grown slightly to 9.3 feet; despite the added dimensions, the A4 still manages to weigh 264 lbs lighter than its predecessor. This is mainly due to extensive use of high-strength steel in its construction, as well as added amounts of aluminum which help trim even more flab off the A4's flanks.

The interior of the 2017 A4 embodies a more luxurious theme than before while offering occupants even more space. Front occupants benefit from the increase of with front seat shoulder and headroom by 0.4 and 0.9 inches respectively, while rear seat passengers gain one extra inch of leg room that helps improve comfort. Along with the increased space, occupants will also enjoy more technology aimed at pushing the A4 into the digital age. For example, buyers can choose to replace the A4's standard analog gauge cluster with an optional virtual cockpit—a 12.3-inch LCD screen that displays information such as navigation, vehicle speed, and other vital information. A dash-mounted 8.3-inch monitor and a touchpad to input characters or zoom in and out complement the package, and are responsible for controlling the car's infotainment system.

Performance for the 2017 A4 will depend on what market the car is shipped to. In Europe, it will be offered with no less than seven different engines (three petrol units as well as four different diesel engines.) In the U.S. expect the level of choice to be somewhat diminished with the familiar 2.0-liter TFSI four-cylinder serving as the standard engine choice. An optional 2.0-liter TDI diesel engine also expected to make an appearance which will help the car achieve 63.3 mpg in typical driving. A six-speed manual will be standard equipment, but buyers can also choose from an optional seven-speed S tronic automatic as well as an eight-speed Tiptronic unit. Like its predecessor, the 2017 A4 will ship with standard front-wheel drive, but Quattro all-wheel drive will be available as an option for those in the snow belt that need the system to navigate tricky winter driving. Look for the S4 version to make its eventual appearance shortly after the launch of the standard A4, with the car being powered by the firm's tried and true 3.0-liter supercharged V6. A plug-in hybrid version is also in the pipeline, though it is unknown when exactly Audi plans to debut that particular model.

After it makes its formal debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, the 2017 Audi A4 will begin arriving in Audi showrooms early next year, with the Avant wagon not crossing over the pond due to the U.S. market's aversion towards formal station wagons, as well as unnecessary internal competition for the company's SUV/CUV offerings. However, look for the company to resume offering the higher riding Allroad in a renewed bid to appeal not only to more female drivers, but also to attract consumers that want increased cargo capability without resorting to a traditional CUV.

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