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Audi's Cabriolet gets the A4 facelift

Audi A4 Cabriolet facelift - front side view

A4 Cabrio gets Audi's single-frame grille design.

AutoPressNews,
7th September 2005.

The new Q7 crossover SUV is certainly one of the most important additions to Audi's lineup, especially for the USA.

But certainly too, it won't be the only Audi car novelty for this year' 61st IAA Frankfurt motor show (15-25 September), as the ingolstadt-based carmaker will be showing another niche model: the new A4 Cabriolet (convertible), which gets the attractive facelift already applied to the A4 sedan since last autumn.

The new open-top four-seater is launched with four engines, three of which are being offered for the Audi A4 cabrio for the very first time. FSI and turbo FSI technology petrol engines, and the three-litre TDI, already known in the A4, A6 and A8.

Audi A4 Cabriolet facelift - back side view

Newly designed rear lights of clear-glass appearance.

Innovative technologies to be offered with the new convertible include the optional xenon plus headlights, with dynamic cornering lights as an option, and the quattro permanent four-wheel drive.

Safety equipment will include a two-stage driverís airbag and side airbags, the latest-generation electronic stabilisation program ESP, improved side impact protection and the active roll-over protection system with two roll-over bars which are projected behind the rear seats.

Design - The new front-end styling reflects design elements of the Nuvolari quattro coupť study, already found on all new Audi models. Taut lines and clear surfaces around the shoulder line, leading to a rear end distinguished by newly designed lights of clear-glass.

The new steering wheels provides a new visual touch, with an airbag cover similar to the single-frame grille design of the front. Door sill trims with aluminium inserts and numerous aluminium inlays are a standard feature of all new A4 Cabriolet versions.  Inlays in Walnut, Fine grain birch wood grey or Fine grain birch wood beige can be ordered as an alternative, like in the other versions of the current A4 models.

Audi A4 Cabriolet facelift - open view

The electro-hydraulic hood can be operated at a speed of up to 30 km/h.

A fully automatic, electro-hydraulic hood can be operated when driving at a speed of up to 30 km/h. The hood comes with good thermal insulation (an additional option offers an acoustic hood, with new fabrics of greater material density, reducing the noise level inside the cabin to virtually match that of the A4 saloon, even at fast motorway speeds) and glass rear window, which offers better demist in winter when... quattro permanent four-wheel drive improves the carís safety and handling.

Engines - The two new petrol engine additions to the A4 Cabriolet come with the FSI direct injection technology: the normally aspirated 188 kW (255 bhp) 3.2 FSI V6 and the turbocharged two-litre four-cylinder 2.0 TFSI, which delivers 147 kW (200 bhp). Petrol choices start from the 163 bhp (120 kW) 1.8T already familiar from the previous model.

The TDI diesel range will comprise the 3.0 TDI V6 with common rail injection and piezo injectors, delivering 171 kW (233 bhp), with a maximal torque of 450 Nm, available between 1,400 and 3,150 rpm.

The four engines are available either with front-wheel drive, or with quattro permanent four-wheel drive.

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Gearbox choices come (depending on engine and drive versions) in:

- 5-speed and 6-speed manual gearboxes,
- continuously variable multitronic, which has seven speeds in the tiptronic mode,
- 6-speed tiptronic transmission (with front-wheel drive versions).

Chassis - The suspension system, with four-link front and self-tracking trapezoidal-link rear suspension, has been completely modified and numerous new components added. Audiís chassis engineers have made extensive changes in the area of elastokinematics, and to the spring and shock absorber settings.

The steering has been completely modified for a greater precision and better feedback from the road when cruising. Several mountings as well as the dimensions of the front and rear shock absorbers come from the new Audi A6, while the rear trapezoidal links and the front track rods originate from the S4, to enhance agility, handling and comfort. The brakes, their dimensions and consequently their performance have been adapted to suit the potential of the new engines.

Equipment and trim - Standard equipments include the electric hood and automatic air conditioning with separate temperature controls for driver and front passenger, electric windows, electrically adjustable exterior mirrors and a central locking system with remote control. The glass rear window is heated and has a time switch.

All seats are equipped with three-point inertia-reel belts (the front belts have belt-force limiters and belt tensioners, plus a seat belt reminder for the driver) and head restraints. The safety equipment also includes a driverís airbag activated in two stages and side airbags.

Audi A4 Cabriolet facelift - double exposure view

Dynamic cornering lights become available as an option.

Optional extras list proposes xenon headlights, which are combined as standard with daytime running lights, dynamic cornering lights, light/rain sensor to activate the dipped headlights and windscreen wipers automatically if necessary.

Infotainment options include the DVD navigation system plus, with MMI operating logic for guidance and ergonomics. Interface geometry and menu architecture are based on the MMI standard familiar from the Audi A8 and A6.

There are 13 exterior colours available, five of which are being offered for the first time for the Audi A4 Cabriolet. The range also includes four hood colours and three different tones for the headlining.

The wheel range comprises nine summer and three winter wheels of up to 7.5 x 17 J in size, with tyres up to 235/45 R 17. Additional versions up to 18 inches in size are available from quattro GmbH.

In addition, the Audi S line range from quattro GmbH proposes other visual and functional features for a more sporty and personal touch. 

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