For example, the A4 Avant has grown larger, just as the sedan has done. In fact, Audi says the new A4 Avant is nearly five inches longer than its predecessor, though the Avant’s body is said to be 10 percent lighter this time around — not to mention more rigid. The increase in size is noticeable, but not quite as much as it should be thanks to flat D-posts and a short front overhang, both working to minimize the Avant’s size, visually. Audi gives a cargo capacity of an impressive 50.5 cubic inches with the 60/40 split rear seats folded flat. The suspension too, has been completely revised with new aluminum construction and a new design.
The 2009 Audi A4 Avant will receive just one engine option at its U.S. launch, a turbocharged four-cylinder unit, details of which have not yet been released. It’s the same base-level engine that the 2009 A4 sedan will receive alongside the optional 265-horsepower 3.2-liter FSI V-6. We’re expecting that the V-6 will make its way into the U.S.-spec Avant’s engine bay at some point in the future, as it will be an option from the get-go for European customers. As for the four-cylinder unit, expect an all-new 2.0T with slightly more than 200 horsepower and an optional DSG dual-clutch transmission alongside a standard six-speed manual. Audi claims 0-to-62-mph times in the 6.4-second range and a top speed of over 155 mph with the V-6 installed.
Source: Motor Trend