Updated Audi A4 goes mild hybrid, talks with traffic lights
The Audi A4 has a tough time fighting off competitors like the BMW 3 Series, Mercedes C Class and even the Tesla Model 3. The segment is declining, but important enough for a German premium carmaker to continue investing in it. Ingolstadt has just communicated that it has facelifted the A4, which now comes with standard LED headlights.
On the inside an updated MMI infotainment system now features a touch display with acoustic feedback to replace the functions of the previous rotary/pushbutton control on the center tunnel console.
Always green light
The most interesting novelty is undoubtedly the traffic light information. By networking with the urban infrastructure, the new A4 receives information from the traffic light central computer so that the driver can adjust the speed to match the next green light.
The instrument cluster displays a personal speed recommendation as well as the remaining time to the next green light whenever the driver is waiting at a red traffic light. As such, the system promotes an anticipatory, efficient driving style, along with a constant flow of traffic. The function is part of the Audi connect package and is being rolled out in stages in selected European cities.
Mild hybrid across the board
Audi will be offering the A4 model line with six turbocharged engines at sales launch in Europe with power outputs ranging from 110 kW (150 PS) to 255 kW (347 PS) – from the Audi A4 35 TFSI (combined CO2 emissions 138 – 125 g/km) up to the Audi S4 TDI (combined CO2 emissions 166 – 163 g/km. All engines comply with the Euro 6d-temp emission standard.
For the market launch three engine variants will feature a mild-hybrid system (MHEV) based on 12 volts - not 48, as seen elsewhere, which reduces fuel consumption by up to 0.3 liters per 100 kilometers according to individual Audi measurements.
All A4 models come off the production line with an automatic transmission as standard. The order books are now open.