Audi A4 has been one of the renowned compact class executive cars from the house of Audi since 1994.
The car is based on Volkswagen Group ‘B’ series platform, and consequently it has been marketed in four generations to date – viz B5, B6, B7, and B8
It has been produced in all forms, ranging from sedan, coupe, and convertible down to saloon, cabriolet and estate/wagon (Avant).
Now let’s take a better look at its various generations.
B5 (Typ 8D, 1994–2001)
The first-generation A4 was introduced into the market as a four-door saloon/sedan during 1994, which was built on Volkswagen’s B5 (PL45) automotive platform. Featuring the infamous Quattro four-wheel drive system, the initial version of the A4 could deliver enough power punch with the 2.8 liter 12-valve V6 engine, to impress its potential customers.
In the subsequent year, Audi Avant, a wagon form of A4 was introduced into the market.
B5 facelift (1998–2001)
Audi A4 got its first facelift during 1997, including brand new headlights, door handles, rear lights, and minor cosmetic changes. However, it wasn’t just about the facial face-lift, as the A4 also received a 2.5L V6 Turbocharged Direct Injection (TDI) diesel engine that could deliver 148bhp, while the 2.8 litre 12-valve V6 was upgraded to 2.8 litre 30-valve V6 engine. A six-speed manual Quattro gearbox was made available, and a high performance version labeled as Audi S4 became a part of the A4 line-up.
B6 (Typ 8E/8H, 2001–2005)
Based on Volkswagen Group B6 (PL46) platform, the third generation A4 vehicles were launched in the new millennium.
It had the same flare as that of the Audi A6, and various models received power or displacement upgrades. These vehicles marked the emergence of powerful A4 cars, which had distinct styling, plethora of luxury and safety features, and delivered impeccable performance.
B7 (Typ 8E/8H, 2005–2008)
During 2005, Audi decided to improvise on suspension geometry, steering setting, navigation systems, and even chassis.
They introduced a new range of internal combustion engine, and were launched with tall trapezoidal shaped front grille assembly, reminiscent of the Audi A6
B8 (Typ 8K, 2008–present)
The latest generation A4 cars were unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show during the year 2007. This time Audi decided to keep the saloon/sedan as well as the estate/wagon models.
The Avant received an amazing response and was soon rolled out into the market during March 2008.
2011 Audi A4 Lineup
2011 A4 lineup will include the new 2011 A4 TDI, Avant, and cabriolet, while the high performance S4 version will also be on the offer.
The new A6 is also significantly refined, and 2011 Audi A4 – A6 duo will be one of the most scintillating launches in the automotive industry during the upcoming year!
2012 A4 Avant is also in the making, and you’ll get to see various versions of 2012 A4 on road shortly.