All-new Audi A4 revealed

Audi A4

Audi has unveiled its all-new A4 saloon ahead of its official debut at September's Frankfurt motor show.

The new model marks the A4's fifth generation, which has been a long-time coming as its ageing forbear did battle against the newer Mercedes C-Class and class-leading BMW 3 Series in the compact saloon market.

Though it looks very similar to the outgoing model, the A4's styling has been subtly updated, with the front now adorned with a wider grille, revised headlights with different LED running light graphics and more heavily sculpted body panels.

Inside, the button-heavy cabin of the previous model has been replaced with a more streamlined affair, with Audi's 'virtual cockpit' supplemented by a second screen that electrically folds away into the dashboard.

Buyers will have the opportunity to spec their A4 with plenty of advanced tech, with semi autonomous driving functions and advanced cruise control expected to make an appearance on the options list.

New Audi A4

New Audi A4

For the first time in its history, the new A4 saloon has been unveiled alongside its Avant (Audi speak for 'estate') simultaneously, though despite both models being larger than before, it is passengers and not load space that have benefited from the increase in size.

Four diesel and three petrol engines will be offered at launch, with power ranging from 148bhp to 272bhp. The least powerful TDI 'Ultra' model returns a claimed 74.3mpg, while emitting 95g/km of CO2 from its 2.0-litre turbo unit.

New to the range is a 148bhp 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol unit, as well a new 3.0-litre V6 diesel, which is available in 215bhp and 268bhp guises.

A hybrid model is also expected to follow in due course, though no official confirmation has been given.

The new Audi A4 is due to go on sale late this year, after its unveiling at Frankfurt. Price and specification details are yet to be confirmed, but the A4 range is expected to start from just under £30,000, with Avant models likely to command a £1,500 premium.