• Mar 25th 2008 at 8:33AM
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Click above for a high-res gallery of the 2009 Audi A4 Avant.

Wagon lovers rejoice! Audi's new 2009 A4 Avant has made its official North American debut at the New York Auto Show. The press release, after the break, introduces us to the newest 2.0 liter TFSI four cylinder engine, variants of which have won "Engine of the Year" trophies three times. Coming in at 211 horsepower along with 258 lb.-ft. of torque, the A4's base engine is reportedly capable of propelling the car to sixty in 6.5 seconds.

The impressive output of Audi's new four-banger almost makes up for their decision not to offer the sedan's 3.2 liter FSI V6 in the Avant. That engine features the newest version of the patented Audi Valvelift Technology (AVS) and offers up 265 horsepower. Six-speed transmissions will be offered in both the A4 sedan and Avant -- no mention of Quattro systems or the new 7-speed DSG. It seems like Audi's been holding back the new A4 for so long that we can hardly believe that we'll see it in dealerships this October, but we'll continue to sate your appetites with pictures until then.

[Source: Audi]
Press Release:

Audi Announces North American Debut of 2009 A4 Avant at New York Auto Show

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., March 19, 2008 – Audi of America, Inc. today announced that the highly anticipated, all new Audi A4 Avant will make its North American debut at this year's New York International Auto Show, to be held at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City, March 21-30.

The 2009 Audi A4 Avant will feature the 2.0 TFSI, a new high-powered four-cylinder turbocharged engine that has 211 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. The current A4 Avant offers 200 hp and 207 lb-ft of torque. The 2009 A4 Sedan will also offer drivers the 2.0 TFSI or the option of a 3.2 FSI V6, with 265 hp and the patented Audi Valvelift Technology (AVS).

Enhancements to the V6 include considerably lower inner friction and a valve actuation system called the Audi Valvelift System which varies the stroke of the intake valves. The engines will improve performance, while reducing fuel consumption versus previous generations.

A number of transmission options are also available, including a six-speed manual and tiptronic transmission, which is optional for the 3.2 FSI.

The Avant's proportions have been reconfigured significantly from the previous generation model to emphasize both sport and practicality. The front overhang has been shortened, while the hood and wheelbase have increased in size. The new A4 Avant measures 15.42 feet in length, making it 4.72 inches longer than its previous model. Its body is considerably more rigid and safer in build than its predecessor, while still being approximately 10 percent lighter. Those proportions yield the largest luggage capacity in its class, with up to 50.5 cubic feet of cargo space.

Other points of emphasis in the interior and exterior design are the xenon plus headlights, which consist of 14 white light-emitting diodes, and a driver-oriented cockpit that borrows many features from the larger A8, including an electro-mechanical parking brake that also comes standard on other Audi models.

Technology options for the new model include a complete range of high-tech systems. These include the Audi parking system (a parking aid and standard for the A4 Avant), Audi lane assist (the lane departure warning system) and Audi side assist (which warns of hazards when changing lanes). The adaptive cruise control option maintains the distance to the vehicle in front.

When it comes to multimedia, the Audi A4 Avant will meet every user's needs. The Audi Music Interface (AMI) allows for iPod connectivity and control. The navigation system with DVD including MMI is an additional upgrade option. Bluetooth connectivity for cell phones is included, as well. The car audio system is by Bang & Olufsen. A 505 watt, ten-channel amplifier controls 14 speakers.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 7 Years Ago
      "Six-speed transmissions will be offered in both the A4 sedan and Avant -- no mention of Quattro systems or"

      why can't they just give us the PERFECT combo of 4cyl 6pd Quattro?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Of course, we don't get the diesels yet... sigh...

      The 3.0L diesel (240 hp, 370 lb-ft) gets an even better 34 US mpg (all mpg are combined cycle), 0-60 in 6 seconds, and that's with quattro. The 2.0L diesel (143 hp, 236 lb-ft) still gets 0-60 in under 9.4 seconds while offering a combined 43 US mpg. Still, maybe we'll get those options soon.

      Oh, sorry, I forgot that a 35mpg fleet average was "impossible" to achieve over the next decade. Must be imagining things.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Do keep in mind that European test cycles routinely generate higher numbers (it's not uncommon for a car thart gets 65mpg on the Euro cycle to get 48 in the US, even with the same units). Also note that diesel physically contains more fuel mass per gallon and takes more crude oil volume per refined gallon to produce.

        It's still more efficient, but not as strikingly so when those factors are taken into effect.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Even the old 2.0 engine was a remarkable fit.

      Still, I'm looking forward to testing the real-world back seat legroom in the new A4. After all, currently the A3 is much more usable! Now, if they could give us an A4 cabrio with at least as much back seat comfort as the current A3, that would be a whole lot of fun...
        • 7 Years Ago
        There will be no A4 Cabrio, only an A5
      • 7 Years Ago
      I hope they cured the eating oil problem the 2.0T has. It's getting old as an owner of one and would probably drive me away from owning another Audi.
      • 7 Years Ago
      When your base motor takes your car 0-60 in 6.5 seconds, it's time for a new, smaller base motor.

      There was an article yesterday saying how car buyers put fuel economy as a high priority. And then articles like this that that is all just talk.

      Audi are no dopes, they know what customers are buying, and most customers have real interest in efficient cars. They're horsepower whores. Even at $3.50 a gallon.
        • 7 Years Ago
        And then there are the inevitable comments when the BMW 520d gets a "crappy" 8.2 second 0-60 speed (but 35 city 50+ hwy us-mpg), almost (but not exclusively) bashing it for that. I mean, you really can't win.

        BTW - I've driven the A3 with the 2.0 diesel (stick, natch). Fantastic fun, loads of usable off-the-line torque. No, it won't tear up the track, but who cares most of the time? That's what a used, turbo Miata is for anyway.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Come on -- you know the answer to your own post.

        Potential consumers of a $45,000 German AWD wagon do not represent the average "man on the street" who is (supposedly) prioritizing fuel economy above performance and style. Like it or not, there's no way Americans would buy the 160HP 1.6L version of this engine in a $40,000+ car.

        If this car gets a combined 23 MPG like the current 2.0T Avant (20 City/28 Hwy), it's a pretty good performance/economy tradeoff for a mid-sized luxury car with AWE and usable cargo space. It's certainly better than something like a V-6 Ford Edge (15 City/22 Hwy with AWD) or a turbo I-4 Mazda CX-7 (16 City/22 Hwy with AWD).

        • 7 Years Ago
        Offering a 6.5 second version of the A4 makes a lot of sense to me. Offering no version that is slower (more efficent) than this makes zero sense.

        The 2000 S4 turned times only a bit better than this, if there's no market for a car slower than this in 2008, then we need more CAFE adjustments to make it so.
          • 7 Years Ago
          Is it even *possible* for you to mix up the issue any further?

          By your logic, the Tesla should be subject to further CAFE regulation because it is too fast, hence not "efficient" enough (whatever that means in your world). Oh, wait, the Tesla should be judged by fuel efficiency, not speed, right? Why not the A4 Avant?

          I notice that you glossed right over my comparison of the A4 to the Ford Edge and Mazda 7, both of which get worse fuel economy, are slower and don't offer significantly more space than an A4 Avant. So why pick on the A4 Avant?

          Do you also think the Corvette should be offered with a turbo 4? Would you honestly make that call if you were in Wagoner's shoes, knowing that it simply wouldn't sell (and would probably be mocked)?

          Why not take your dictatorship further and propose that the government mandate that all cars do 0-60 in 8+ seconds, regardless of how what mileage they get or whether people would buy them?

          In case you missed it, that's not the way consumer markets work.

      • 7 Years Ago
      11 more horsepower, but still unreliable and overpriced. M friend owns a 2006 A4 2.0T and the electrical and mechanical issues are overwhelming.
      • 7 Years Ago
      How can Audi claim that the A4 has "the largest luggage capacity in its class" with 50.5 cubic feet, when the BMW 328xi wagon has 61 cubic feet, and the Volvo V50 has 63 cubic feet?

      • 7 Years Ago
      If I had the money...
      • 7 Years Ago
      Where are the mileage figures? Or are we only concerned when its an American vehicle?
        • 7 Years Ago
        According to the second linked previous article, the 3.2 liter should be good for 25.5 US mpg. They don't give figures for the 2.0, but the 1.8 (available in Europe) was quoted at 33.1 US mpg. YMMV, of course.
        • 7 Years Ago
        The 1.8 was only good for >30mpg when in a fronttrak. quattros (even the smaller A3) don't see anywhere near that figure.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wow impressive torque for a 4 cyl!
      • 7 Years Ago
      according to this article on autobloggreen


      Audi is supposedly going to be offering a diesel in the A4 in the US next year. I'd love to see any further info to support this...
      • 7 Years Ago
      I hope those roof rail rise up, casue they seem useless the way they are unless you add cross members

      though i don't like the noise increase of cross-members if they are easy to take off and install than they only need to be there for those skiing trips, and the rails as shown will actually look better on the avant.

      otherwise this new A4 is much better than the currnet one, just not there yet when compared against the CTS, G35, 3-series
        • 7 Years Ago
        The G35 is all Nissan, but looks French. (Remember the Nissan XVL concept car?)

        When was the last time Audi sold a non-Quattro Avant in the US?

        258ft-lbs is pretty good. What engine speed range does it occur through 2100-4200? and doesn't Audi design the engine so is makes maximum power across a wide engine speed range. 4250-5750
        • 7 Years Ago
        quattro fan,

        please, this FWD front heavy POS can't touch either of the 3 cars I mention above,

        The current G35 tears up even the S4, adn as far as it being Japonesse, the Germans don't have much to say to that since their car's keep catching on fire, like the revent GTi's so will this one.

        And the new CTS is way more balanceced than this A4, and it's interior design has now cought up to industry standards - stop living in the past.
        • 7 Years Ago
        "just not there yet when compared against the CTS, G35, 3-series".

        Uhm, no!
        3 series? Yeah maybe.
        G35? It's Japanese - enough said.
        CTS? Please don't make me laugh.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I'd place the CTS as an A6 or BMW 5-Series competitor. It's considerably bigger than the A4 or 3-Series. All of the afformentioned are great cars (as of 2008). The G35 doesn't belong in this company. It's for striped-shirt wearing dbags who couldn't afford an M3.
        • 7 Years Ago
        The G35 is French and this car is a joke next to the CTS. They're not even designed to be in the same class from what I can tell.
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