All new 2014 Audi A4 sedan to be lighter and more fun to drive
Come 2014, Volkswagen group owned German luxury car maker Audi will launch the all new A4 sedan, which will be much lighter and more fun to drive than ever before. The 2014 model of the A4 will be lighter by 100 kilograms and will be based on the MLB platform, a derivative of the MQB platform that Volkswagen group cars of the future will feature, in order to reduce costs and allow for production facility sharing. The lower weight will mean benefits in areas like performance, fuel economy and tail pipe emissions. The 2014 Audi A4 will also see revised styling to go with the various other changes the new model will get.
Two hybrid options are expected to be offered on the 2014 Audi A4. A more powerful 2.0 Liter TFSI petrol engine with turbocharging and direct injection will be offered along with a much more powerful version of the 2 Liter TDI turbo diesel engine. The 2.0 TDI engine could produce 197Bhp of peak power and 400 Nm of peak torque. While the increase in power generated by the 2 Liter TDI engine is about 20 Bhp, the 80 Nm of torque increase is the major reason why the lighter 2014 Audi will accelerate much quicker than ever before with better roll-on timings too.
Transmission will be by means of a dual clutch automatic gearbox. The Quattro all wheel drive system will see a big change with a new generation version of the same bowing in. The eQuattro system will replace the mechanical differentials and propshafts with a an electric system. The eQuattro system is expected to reduce weight of the all wheel drive system by eliminating many mechanical components, while also being more efficient with lesser mechanical losses. These changes are expected to make the all new A4 one of the most technologically advanced cars in its class.
Along with the tech bits seeing big improvement, Audi also plans to engineer the all new 2014 A4 to be a fun to drive car. This could mean that the handling of the 2014 Audi A4 could be optimized by reworking the suspension and steering, to make for a more involving driving experience. Apart from these improvements, expect changes on the interiors for a more premium look and feel with the equipment levels also being increased. Expect the 2014 Audi A4 sedan to be launched in India a couple of years from now, close on the heels of the international launch.