While we won’t be making it to the official media launch of the 2017 Audi A4 model, we sure didn’t miss the chance to ride around it when we spotted it in Welkom, Free State earlier this week. See the images after the second jump.
The new A4 is still some few days out, but thanks to this early preview I got a chance to see just what’s going on with the subtle yet appreciable – not to mention critical – changes to both the exterior and interior design over the outgoing car. With 12 million A4 sold worldwide, there’s a lot riding on this ninth-generation (“B9”) model, especially as it faces down the likes of BMW’s 3-Series and Mercedes-Benz’s C-Class.
Audi’s table is audibly groaning with the 2017 A4. Its handsome, hewn-from-solid-metal looks are timeless, but the roster of gadgetry, safety technology, and driver comfort are first-rate. Semi-autonomous driving in the city is a legitimate advantage over even the advanced smart cruise control systems other automakers offer, and gives a tantalizing glimpse of what truly self-driving cars will be like.
WE hope to host this beast for review soon!