By Stewart Smith on 2016-03-25 - Stewart was the former motoring editor of the Coventry Telegraph and is now a freelance contributor to Eurekar. He is based in Scotland and specialises in First Drive reviews.
New Audi A4 allroad
with more tech
AUDI is about to launch the latest version of its big-selling A4 allroad model which now comes with a new system which automatically switches from two to four-wheel drive.
It is designed for Audi models with longitudinally installed engines and Audi says it will deliver benefits in terms of both fuel efficiency and CO2 output during every journey.
The new system deactivates the quattro all-wheel drive when it is not needed, but ensures that it is also permanently and instantaneously available, reducing the potential fuel consumption difference between the two drive configurations.
The newly developed quattro system with soon become available to order in the UK, initially in conjunction with the 252bhp version of the 2.0-litre TFSI engine powering the latest A4 allroad.
Three other TDI engine variants in the A4 allroad range will also open for order at the end of April, with first deliveries scheduled to begin in June.
The all-wheel drive system's intelligent control works predictively, always looking ahead by means of a comprehensive array of sensors and the continuous analysis of the driving dynamics, road condition and driver behaviour. Consequently, the quattro system is always ready when needed.
No prices have yet been revealed, but true to form, all A4 allroad models will come well equipped.
Standard equipment will include xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights, the Audi smartphone interface, rear parking sensors and electrically powered tailgate operation, plus protective equipment such as the Audi pre-sense collision avoidance system and multi-collision brake assist.
Options include the Audi Virtual Cockpit with its pin-sharp fully digital display, MMI Navigation plus with MMI Touch, a head-up display and Matrix LED headlights.
A folding tow bar with electric release can also be specified, further adding to the car's utility.
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