The A4 family represents 50% of Audi’s volume, with 10% of the sales mix coming from the Avant. That being said, the 5th generation, 2009 Audi A4 Avant proudly carries on the family’s moniker. The A4 Avant is loaded with features like Audi Side Assist lane change assist, Intelligent Key with advanced keyless entry and starting, a rear parking system with review camera, standard panoramic glass roof, an electromechanical parking break, a Bang & Olufsen 14-speaker sound system, an optional electro-mechanically operated tailgate, and Audi Drive Select.
Dynamically, a lot has changed in the A4 Avant. The asymmetrical rear-biased torque split quattro AWD now puts 60% to rear wheels. The B8 A4 Avant is longer, wider, and lower but lighter than its predecessor. In the USA, the Avant will only be offered with the new 2.0 TFSI four cylinder with the new Tiptronic fast-shifting 6-speed automatic transmission that produces 211 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque between 1,500-4,200 rpm. For the fuel-frugal buyer, the 2.0 TFSI boasts a 15% reduction of fuel consumption. However, worldwide, the A4 Avant will be launched with a total of 10 engine options, 5 gasoline engines with FSI technology and 5 TDI units.
For those that like to customize their vehicles, the new A4 Avant will come off of the production line with three equipment versions. Attractive is the line with personality, Ambition for the sporty enthusiasts, and Ambiente for the style lover. Audi drive select gives the driver even more options, allowing for a variety of driving styles. Comfort mode is perfect for the road trip or poorly-maintained roads while the dynamic mode is the tight, sporty stage where the chassis can demonstrate its power. The auto setting of Audi drive select is a perfect balance of the comfort and dynamic mode.
If you can’t wait to get your hands on this Audi wagon, you’ll be waiting until Fall, when the A4 Avant is expected to arrive in late September. There’s no set pricing yet, but we’ve been told that the Avant cost will be comparable, if only marginally higher than the outgoing model.
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