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Audi Malaysia has officially launched the new B9 Audi A4 in Subang Jaya today, with three trim levels on offer – 1.4 TFSI, 2.0 TFSI and 2.0 TFSI quattro. The fifth-generation A4 (ninth in the series) arrives to compete against the latest W205 Mercedes-Benz C-Class and F30 BMW 3 Series LCI.

Powering the base 1.4 TFSI is a 1.4 litre direct-injected four-cylinder turbo petrol engine that develops 150 hp at 5,000 to 6,000 rpm, and 250 Nm of torque at 1,500 to 3,500 rpm, with a top speed of 210 km/h.

Moving upwards, the 2.0 TFSI gets a 2.0 litre unit instead, with 190 hp at 4,200 to 6,000 rpm, and 320 Nm at 1,450 to 4,200 rpm. The 2.0 TFSI quattro receives the same engine, albeit tuned for more power – 252 hp at 5,000 to 6,000 rpm, and 370 Nm at 1,600 to 4,500 rpm. Top speed for the former is 240 km/h, while the latter is limited to 250 km/h.

All engines are paired with a seven-speed S tronic wet dual-clutch gearbox, with drive being directed to the front wheels, save for the quattro, which gets a permanent all-wheel drive system. Performance-wise, the 2.0 TFSI quattro will hit the 100 km/h mark from a standstill in just 5.8 seconds, followed by the 2.0 TFSI (7.3 seconds) and 1.4 TFSI (8.5 seconds).

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By now, the new looks (and larger size) should already be familiar to the masses, but here’s a refresher anyway. There’s the new front-end highlighted by the latest interpretation of Audi’s Singleframe grille, as well as a tweaked rear fascia. Slimmer, more aggressive-looking lighting units front and back are also part of the new get-up.

Under the new metal, the new A4 rides on the company’s MLB Evo platform, and is lighter compared to the previous B8 by some 120 kg, which Audi claims makes it the lightest in its class. Comfort dynamic suspension is fitted on the 1.4 TFSI, and adaptive comfort suspension with damping control is found on the remaining two 2.0 TFSI models. The carmaker’s drive select feature (Comfort, Auto, Dynamic) comes as standard on all variants.

In terms of exterior equipment, the 1.4 TFSI gets xenon headlamps and 17-inch, 10-spoke crystal design alloy wheels. LED headlamps with LED DRLs are reserved for both the 2.0 TFSI and quattro version, which also feature dynamic adjustment for acceleration and deceleration. Matrix LED headlamps are also on offer, but more on that later.

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While they may have the same lighting units, the 2.0 TFSI retains the 17-inch wheel size, but in a five parallel-spoke design, and the quattro gets larger 18-inch five twin-spoke “Star” design alloys instead.

Stepping inside, the B9’s cockpit does have a sense of Q7 about it in terms of its design. Unfortunately, we won’t be getting the fancy virtual cockpit as seen in the SUV and Audi TT as standard – it will be part of an optional package, but only later on.

Standard kit on all three variants include a triple-zone climate control, electric seats, 180-watt, 10-speaker Audi sound system and an illumination package for the cabin. The 1.4 TFSI and 2.0 TFSI gets leather upholstery, while only the quattro gets an injection of Alcantara to go along with it as well.

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Similarly, only the base and mid-range variants come with Audi’s MMI Radio plus infotainment system. The quattro however, gets the more comprehensive MMI navigation plus with MMI touch interface and 8.3-inch TFT colour display, allowing for smartphone connectivity (Apple CarPlay) and connected services.

Of course, for those who require a bit more visual drama, Audi Malaysia offers an S line package for the 2.0 TFSI for an additional RM25,000, which tags on more aggressive front and rear bumpers, 18-inch five twin-spoke “Star” design alloy wheels (standard on the quattro).

The S line package will also include changes to the interior, including illuminated door sill trims with aluminium inlays, Alcantara/leather front seats in black and an S line sport steering wheel.

Audi A4 with S line pack (left), standard car (right)

Alternatively, there’s the Tech Pack (also for the 2.0 TFSI), which introduces Matrix LED headlamps (with dynamic indicators), MMI navigation plus with MMI touch, Audi virtual cockpit, Audi smartphone interface, Audi connect and a rearview camera. The price tag for the Technology package will be announced at a later date.

Speaking of pricing, the all-new Audi A4 retails at RM248,900 for the 2.0 TFSI variant. As an “early bird” promo, the first 100 units will be going at an introductory price of RM239,900. All prices stated here are on-the-road without insurance, and comes inclusive of a four-year/120,000 km manufacturer’s warranty.

If you’re wondering about the 1.4 TFSI and 2.0 TFSI quattro, Audi Malaysia will reveal the prices of the two variants later on when both arrive by January 2017. Nevertheless, there are ten colours available at launch – Glacier White, Floret Silver, Matador Red, Tango Red, Argus Brown, Scuba Blue, Monsoon Grey, Manhattan Grey and Mythos Black, as well as a special Daytona Grey for vehicles with the optional S line package.

For a more detailed look at each variant of the all-new B9 Audi A4, head on over to CarBase.my. Also, don’t forget to check out our review of the A4, here.

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