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New A4 Avant revealed

Date: 20 February 2008   |   Author: Tristan Young

Audi's all-new A4 Avant is bigger than its predecessor, meaning the estate now offers one of the best carrying-capacities in its market.

The new prestige estate from the BusinessCar Manufacturer of the Year is 120mm longer than the outgoing model at 4.7m. The result is a boot volume up 48 litres to 490 litres with the rear seats in place. And with the rear seats folded boot space is up 76 litres to 1430 litres.

The A4 Avant will be available to order from March with first deliveries in June. Pricing and specification has yet to be confirmed, but BusinessCar sources indicate the estate will cost a little over £1000 more than the equivalent saloon, which would put the starting price at just short of £21,000.

Five launch engines will be available including the 140PS and 170PS 2.0-litre TDI units, a 240PS 3.0-litre TDI and two petrol engines - a 160PS 1.8T and a 265PS 3.2-litre FSI.

Specification and trims are expected to mirror the saloon, however the Avant will have the option of a powered tailgate.

Meanwhile, Audi has expanded its trim levels for the new A4 saloon with an entry-level car and S-line trims fitting either side of the SE launch spec. The standard spec means that prices for the saloon start at £19,890 rather than £21,800, while the S-line is priced from £23,490 and adds kit such as 18-inch alloys, sports suspension, side skirts and restyled front and rear bumpers.