All-new 2016 A4 (B9) Makes US Debut at NAIAS

Posted by: Kenny Chan onJanuary 11th, 2016


If you’ve already read about the B9 Audi A4, you may be cringing at my choice of a title as the B9 hardly deserves to be referred to as “all-new”. It looks like a mid model refresh of the B8 with updated styling cues taken from the A3. Audi’s new Head of Design, Marc Lichte likely didn’t want to make too many big changes to one of Audi’s best selling vehicles. As the adage goes, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!

Up front the headlights receive a small adjustment with them flaring upwards a bit more towards the side giving the front end a bit of a meaner look. Oh, and before you ask, no the matrix LED headlights found on the European A4 will not be available for North American bound A4s. The hood looks more edgy for lack of a better word and the lower front fascia has a sharper design to it than than on the B8. Running down the sides you’d be hard pressed to notice any differences aside from the wider bevel. Out back, the new wider angled taillights suit the A4 much better than the ones found on the outgoing model and instantly make the B8 taillights look dated. It looks especially good on the estate models, but we’ll have to see if that carries over to North America in the Allroad as the estate model likely won’t make it here.

What the new A4 lacks in terms of radical restyling on the exterior however, is made up by the modernization of the interior. The Audi Virtual Cockpit, which made it’s debut in the new Audi TT makes its way into the B9 A4, and will surely be the most talked about feature in the B9 A4. It is a 12.3″ screen that replaces the conventional cluster, configurable by the driver to display the info they want to see. An 8″ screen sits near the top of the dash above the vents and central stack. Other notable features include support for Apple CarPlay as well as Android Auto and an optional Bang and Olufsen sound system featuring 3DSound, a 19-speaker setup to rattle your eardrums.

Under the hood there will only be a single engine option, the 2.0L TFSI also found in the A6 and A7. No word yet on whether or not there will be TDI options in future model years, but it won’t be available at launch, which will be in just a few months.

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