2019 Audi A4 To Offer Only Seven-Speed Automatic
Here’s a funny paradox: Audi, though a luxury carmaker, has some vehicles that would seem great equipped with manual transmissions. Indeed, it’s easy to see someone sitting behind the wheel of a TT running through six gears as the engine wails.
Lack of Demand Hits Manual
But, here’s the thing, Audi is dropping manuals due to a lack of demand. The figures are there, according to Car and Driver. Granted the magazine was focusing on a different model for its numbers, but, it is likely the same across all of Audi’s lines. So, using the A4 as a gauge, it seems that only five percent of A4 sales in the U.S. are set up for manuals. The Audi A4 Offers The Following Features.
This means there is only one transmission option a seven-speed, dual-clutch gearbox.
Meantime, the A4 will receive a cosmetic update for 2019, aimed at keeping the vehicle fresh. Audi Has Refresh Plans For 2019 A4. The planned style updates include:
- New front fascia with niches for the corner intakes
- New S Line models receive an exterior package that receives revised grille slats with a three-dimensional effect
- New trapezoidal exhaust outlets
S Line Competition Model Planned for Europe
The European version is set to have an S Line Competition model that features special Turbo Blue paint and Selenite Silver finish on the front bumper. There is an RS-inspired wing for the Avant wagon.
The interior remains mostly intact. However, the S Line Competition gains RS-style carbon trim, a three-spoke multifunction steering wheel, and partial leather sports seats.
Currently, there is no listing for the available powerplants. However, they are not likely to change from the 2018 models. The engines include a 2.0-liter turbo four that cranks out 190 horsepower and 236 pounds-feet of torque. There is a second, more powerful turbo powerplant available that turns out 252 horsepower and 273 pounds-feet of torque.
Q3 2019 Sale Date Set
The 2019 A4 is set for sale in Germany in the third quarter of 2019. Though there is no dating of when it will arrive here, given that the A4 sells heavily into the U.S. it is likely it will reach America about the same time. There’s no pricing available yet, as well.
Source: Car and Driver