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North American Introduction of Next Audi A4 To Happen In Detroit

Audi has been keeping quiet on the details for the next-generation A4 for North America since introducing it last summer. But the German automaker is spilling the beans next week at the Detroit Auto Show.
Posted: January 8, 2016 - 12:30PM
Author: Will Maley

Coming as 2017 model, the A4 follows a recipe that has led it to massive success in previous generations; make it slightly larger, increase the amount of equipment, and improve overall performance.

In terms of the exterior, Audi hasn't made any drastic changes. From what we can tell, the 2017 A4 boasts a new front grille, headlights, and new wheel choices. Aside from those items, it looks like the current model.

At least the interior boasts some significant changes. A number of items such as the steering wheel, gear shift, and updated MMI system with LTE connectivity come from the Q7. A big item Audi is promoting with the 2017 A4 is the optional virutal cockpit system. A large 12.3-inch display is place in the instrument cluster location, and provides key information such as speed and fuel range. But also can overlay Google Maps for navigation.

At launch, the A4 will come with a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder with 252 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. A seven-speed dual-clutch automatic is the sole transmission. At least you have the choice of either front-wheel or Audi's quattro all-wheel drive. Down the line, we expect to see a high-performance S4 to have a a turbocharged V6.

Audi says the new A4 is a better handler with a new five-link suspension setup in front, and Audi drive select that varies the suspension, steering, and engine settings via four modes. A sports suspension and adaptive damping suspension system will be optional.

When the 2017 A4 hits Audi dealers in the spring, it will come with a base price of $38,250 for the base Premium front-wheel drive model and climb to $48,950 for the top Prestige trim with quattro. Prices include a $950 destination charge.

Do you think Audi has a real chance of giving the BMW 3-Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class a run for their money?