Inside, shoulder width and head clearance for driver and front-seat passenger have increased by 0.4 and 0.9 inches respectively. Interior length has grown by 0.7 in and rear legroom is actually 0.9 in larger. The front of the dashboard features a broad band of air outlets and a large decorative surface. The quality of workmanship appears high, approaching the quality seen in the latest C-Class. Colors and materials follow a new line concept allowing customers even more freedom during configuration.
For the driver, there’s a fully digital 12.3-inch instrument cluster available, dubbed the Virtual Cockpit by Audi. The standard setup has conventional analog tachometer and speedometer dials, with a 5-inch display in the center. Another technical innovation in the new A4 is the MMI interface, especially in the fully loaded version MMI Navigation Plus with MMI Touch. Its menu structure has been completely redesigned so that it’s more like a smartphone.
Finally, there are some of the latest driver assistance systems. These include a predictive efficiency assistant that helps you save fuel; Audi active lane assist to help you to stay in lane, parking assist to handle those tricky parking spots, attention assist drowsing detection, and the Stop&Go adaptive cruise control including traffic-jam assist, which eases driving in slow-moving traffic. The new A4 also features an object detection system.
At speeds up to 50 mph, the system scans the road for other vehicles and pedestrians using a windshield-mounted front camera with a range of over 300 ft. If there is the threat of a collision, the driver receives a series of warnings, and if necessary the car starts to apply the brakes fully. At speeds up to 25 mph, it can fully prevent accidents within the system limits. At higher speeds, warnings and brake intervention can reduce the impact velocity.
Full 2017 A4 specs for the U.S. market, as well as the all-important pricing and availability details, will be announced closer to the market launch.