With the S4 saloon unveiled at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, the S4 Avant is tipped to be part of Audi’s 2016 Geneva Motor Show line-up.
The S4 saloon will be priced at 59,300 euros (£46,829), with the Avant estate starting from 61,150 euros (£48,290). Expect UK prices to be adjusted slightly.
As we saw a few months ago, the new S4 sedan (which will go on sale over in the US later this year as a 2017 model) ditches the supercharger and adopts turbocharging for its newly-developed V6. It also loses an option for a manual gearbox, and will only be available with an eight-speed automatic. As is the way of such things, the new estate version (Avant in Audi-speak) doesn’t differ from its sedan twin in any substantive mechanical way.
Adopting all of the attributes of the regular A4 such as lightweight construction, a digital instrument cluster and impeccable build quality, and then combining all of this with a powerful engine makes the S4 an enticing package.
The car debuts March 1 at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show and is pretty much identical to the sedan apart from its more practical body. S4 Avant owners, just like owners of the A4 Avant, enjoy up to 53.3 cubic feet of storage space. A powered cover is featured so that you can quickly hide anything sitting up back. And to make access as easy as possible the tailgate is also powered.
with a new 3.0-litre V6 engine that promises improvements in performance and fuel economy over the outgoing model.
The S4 now produces 349bhp and 369lb ft of torque, delivered to all four wheels through Audi’s quattro all-wheel drive system, giving a 0-62 time of 4.9sec and a top speed limited to 155mph.
The S4 Avant, with its turbocharged 3.0-litre V6, also achieves a claimed fuel economy of 37.6mpg and 175g/km CO2 emissions, compared with the 38.1mpg, and under 170g/km CO2 Audi claims for the S4 saloon, although Audi has stated that these figures are not yet officially confirmed.