First pictures: Audi A4 2015
29 June 2015
Author: Daniel Puddicombe
Audi has revealed its fifth-generation A4 executive saloon ahead of its premiere at the Frankfurt motor show in September, and it hitting UK roads later this year.
The most frugal model in the range will be the A4 Ultra. It is powered by the firm's 2.0-litre diesel engine and will emit less than 100g/km of CO2.
Audi claimed its range of three petrol and four diesels have slashed CO2 emissions by up to 21%, despite the power outputs increasing.
The engines offer power outputs between 150hp and 272hp, while the firm revealed it would offer a gas version of the A4 in markets with a suitable level of infrastructure to be able to use natural gas as fuel, however an Audi spokesman told BusinessCar that at present there are no plans to bring it to the UK.
The engines are mated to a choice of three gearboxes - a six-speed manual, a seven-speed S-tronic 'box and an eight-speed auto transmission.
The German company claimed all three gearboxes have been redesigned with the automatic units now offering a fuel-saving freewheeling function.
Audi also claimed the new A4 is up to 120kg lighter than the outgoing model, depending on the engine, with the body being the lightest in its class, while also being the quietest vehicle in its segment.
Standard equipment on the new A4 includes 17-inch alloy wheels, Xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights, the firm's smartphone interface, Bluetooth and the company's infotainment system, while driver assistance technology includes a predictive efficiency assistant that helps to save fuel, an adaptive cruise control system and parking assist feature.
Last year, Audi registered 15,054 A4s to the fleet market, compared to BMW's 22,858 registrations for its 3-series model. In 2014, Audi was the fourth most popular fleet car maker in terms of registrations, selling 78,171 models to the fleet industry.