Audi A4 teaser

Browse the website for Audi Malaysia’s new progressive financing plan and you’ll find offers for the entire Malaysian lineup – with the sole exception being the current B8 A4, which is listed as having been sold out.

Interestingly, however, the website also mentions that the new B9 Audi A4 will be launched soon, marking the first time the upcoming arrival of the new compact executive sedan has been acknowledged.

Built on the revised modular MLB Evo platform, the larger, sharper-looking B9 is all-new under the familiar skin, with a thoroughly-revamped interior now featuring Audi’s 12.3-inch virtual cockpit instrument cluster, an 8.3-inch tablet-style display for the MMI infotainment system as options, a Qi wireless smartphone charger and a Bang & Olufsen audio system with 3D sound technology as options.

In total, seven engine options are available, including three petrol mills – 150 hp/250 Nm 1.4 TFSI, 190 hp/320 Nm 2.0 TFSI ultra and 252 hp/370 Nm 2.0 TFSI.

All three could possibly be offered here (with a seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission and a choice of either front-wheel drive or quattro AWD) to take on the BMW 318i/Mercedes-Benz C 180, 320i/C 200 and 330i/C 300 respectively, all with similar engine outputs.

Plenty of new to be found underneath as well, from newly-developed continuous damping control (CDC) shock absorbers with electromagnetically-controlled valves to an electromechanical power steering system that is lighter and much more responsive than that of the B8s. You can read our review of the B9 Audi A4 here.

GALLERY: B9 Audi A4 in Venice, Italy