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Audi goes through A4 Avant’s features in new clip shot in Marseille

Audi has released a new video with the 2015 A4 Avant, this time going through a series of features available.

The clip was shot on a lovely sunny day in Marseille, France and starts by mentioning the class-leading luggage capacity with the seats up that now stands at 505 liters. It represents a 15-liter increase over the previous model and the loading sill is now just 63 cm (24.8 in) and benefits from a stainless steel cover that lowers the risk of scratches. It has a loading width of one meter (39.4 in) and if you fold down the rear seats the cargo capacity jumps to 1,510 liters.

Up next, the MMI Navigation plus with MMI touch comes with an 8.3-inch screen that has a resolution of 1,024 x 480 pixels. The infotainment system benefits from a DVD drive, 10GB of flash storage and full smartphone connectivity.

The video continues by mentioning the suspension which at the back has made the switch from a trapezoidal-link axle to a five-link axle and this has enabled a weight loss of 5 kg. Audi’s engineers have insulated the axle from the body by using hydraulically damped axle mounts and this has reduced the shocks felt from the road surface.

The Audi Virtual Cockpit mentioned in the video is an optional feature that replaces the analog dials with a 12.3-inch fully digital instrument cluster as seen in the TT, R8 and Q7.

Thanks to the new MLB Evo platform that makes more extensive use of lightweight materials, the A4 Avant has lost up to 120 kg. You can get it with an optional adaptive cruise control system featuring a traffic jam assist which is very useful if you drive a lot in crowded cities in stop & go traffic.

The cabin is now more comfortable as the length has increased by 17 mm while rear legroom is up by 23 mm. Shoulder with and head clearance for front-seat occupants has jumped by 11 and 24 millimeters.

All cars get standard LED daytime running lights and you can choose between xenon or LED headlights. Also available at an additional cost is the adaptive sport suspension or adaptive comfort suspension benefiting from electronically-regulated damper control.

There’s a generous list of engines available, with four and six cylinder units ranging in output from 150 PS to 272 PS, as follows:

  • 1.4 TFSI: 150 PS (110 kW) and 250 Nm (184 lb-ft);
  • 2.0 TFSI: 190 PS (140 kW) and 320 Nm (236 lb-ft); 252 PS (185 kW) and 370 Nm (273 lb-ft);
  • 2.0 TDI: 150 PS (110 kW) and 320 Nm (236 lb-ft); 190 PS (140 kW) and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft);
  • 3.0 TDI: 218 PS (160 kW) and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft); 272 PS (200 kW) and 600 Nm (443 lb-ft);

Those in need of more punch can upgrade to the S4 Avant motivated by a 3.0-liter TFSI V6 with 354 PS (260 kW) and 500 Nm (369 lb-ft) of torque.

All in all, the new A4 / A4 Avant (B9) is better in just about every way than its predecessor and Audi hopes this will reflect in the sales numbers.

Adrian Padeanu

Long-time fan of the fabled Four Rings.