2016 Audi A4 Superavant Specs and Review

Reports said that Audi is in the middle of development process of th 2016 Audi A4 Superavant along with A4 Sportback and A4 Avantissimo. Currently, there is not much detailed revealed by the auto company, however we can guess that the new MPV will be developed based on the next-generation A4. The car’s dimension will be larger than A4 Avant and have a high roofline as well as an extended wheelbase.

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Audi’s new model will be built on the A4 platform and will be built to fill the gap between the A4 Avant, the Q5, and the up and coming BMW X6 -competitor, the Q6 crossover. As for the name, there are three different possibilities: A4 Sportback, A4 Avantissimo, or A4 Superavant, the latter being the most likely.

Audi is preparing a new A4-based high-roof model that eclipses the current A4 Avant. It may be badged as A4 Sportback, or possibly as A4 Avantissimo, like the A8-based luxury wagon concept shown back in 2001. However, it will most likely be called the A4 Superavant because that’s what it effectively is: a new type of estate car which is significantly roomier as well as more flexible but just as sporty, elegant, and driver-oriented as its more mainstream sister models.

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In February, Audi designers and engineers met at the Italidesign Studio in Turin, Italy to check out a series of early proposals. If the board does give the still-technically-nameless project the green light, expect to see a concept car in 2014 that would be followed by the production version two years later. Although the project is still in its infancy, it obviously aims to plug the gap between the A4 Avant and the Q5 and forthcoming BMW X6-fighting Q6 crossovers.

Exterior

In 2006, the Roadjet show car conceived under Ulrich Hackenberg was Audi’s second attempt to create a high-end holdall after the aforementioned Avantissimo. Why didn’t the Roadjet make the grade? It looked a trifle homespun, it did not push out the envelope far enough, and it almost completely lacked that coveted sporty touch. In contrast, the proposed A4 Superavant is an XXL estate car that combines dynamic proportions with above average space utilization.

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The crucial visual elements are the exact height of the elevated roofline, the relation between the wheelbase and the rear overhang, and the dialogue between body and greenhouse that maintain the A4 Superavant’s sporting stance. “The last thing we want to create is a minivan,” explains a project engineer. “Why? Because a minivan is incompatible with the Audi brand image. A minivan triggers all the wrong associations – like soccer moms, kiddy seats, and weekend groceries. In an ideal world, the Superavant addresses primarily lifestyle-related packaging issues. That’s why two rows of seats are plenty. Those who need to carry more than five adults should consider a Volkswagen Sharan or T5.”

Platform and Powertrain

The A4 and A6 will share the same MLB modular components set and there exists extended-wheelbase variants of both models developed for the Chinese market. But the Superavant will almost certainly be based on the smaller A4 L sporting a 2.4-inch stretch. The longer wheelbase and the more substantial rear overhang should create an extra-large cargo bay, as well as plenty of legroom for backseat passengers. Engine options are rumored to include a 2.0-liter four-cylinder petrol with 255 hp (190 kW / 259 PS) and a 2.0-liter TDI that develops 197 hp (147 kW / 200 PS) and 295 lb-ft (400 Nm) of torque.

Like the rest of the next-generation A4 range, the good-looking high-roof holdall is part of the MLB components set which indicates a 220-lb weight saving, an enhanced structural rigidity, and more efficient engines. Perhaps the most noteworthy new arrival of the B9-generation A4 is the front-wheel drive plug-in hybrid that boasts a 226-hp 2.0-liter gas engine and a 35-hp electric motor integrated in the transmission housing. After that, we are going to see an even more sophisticated e-quattro application that employs two electric motors delivering a combined 136-hp to power the rear wheels. e-quattro also promises a zero-emission driving range of 20 miles.

Price and Release Date

The 2016 Audi A4 Superavant is likely to be unveiled in late 2014 while production stage is expected to start somewhere in 2016. Unfortunately, the base pricing remains unknown and all we can do is waiting until the next official statement released.

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