The new S4 Avant joins the S4 sedan that debuted at last year’s Frankfurt motor show, and both will join the newly launched 2016 Audi A4 line-up in Australia toward the end of this year.
As with its sedan sibling, the new S4 Avant is powered by a direct-injected and turbocharged 3.0-litre petrol V6, producing 260kW of power and 500Nm of torque, the latter available between 1300 and 4500rpm.
Power is sent to the ride through an eight-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission and Audi’s quattro permanent all-wheel drive system. That system can send 85 per cent of power to the rear as needed, and 70 per cent to the front. In normal driving, the split is 60 per cent to the rear and 40 to the front.
Audi claims a 0-100km/h time of 4.9 seconds for the S4 Avant - compared to 4.7 seconds for the S4 sedan, and 5.1 seconds for the previous wagon - and top speed is electronically limited to 250km/h.
The 2016 S4 Avant weighs in at 1675kg, making it around 75kg lighter than its predecessor. Fuel consumption, tested on the NEDC cycle for Europe, is listed at 7.4L/100km.
Both S4 models right on suspension 23mm lower than the regular A4 range, with a multi-link front and rear design.
Continuous Damping Control is also available as part of the Audi Drive Select system, which allows the driver to use selectable modes to control engine, steering, tiptronic and sports differential settings.
Like the sedan, the S4 Avant’s styling is set apart from its regular A4 counterpart with a more sporting and aluminium-trimmed grille design, an aggressive bumper and skirt package, specific 18-inch alloy wheels (19s optional on the European model but might be standard here), and four exhaust tips at either end of a subtle rear diffuser insert.
In the cabin you’ll find Nappa leather trim, S badging and embossing, aluminium highlights and Audi’s expansive new Virtual Cockpit digital instrument cluster behind the steering wheel.
The S4 Avant has 505 litres of luggage space with the rear seats upright, expanding to 1510 litres when laid flat.
The S4 sedan and Avant go on sale in Europe this week.
Exact timing is still to be confirmed, but Audi Australia has confirmed a late 2016 launch for both S4 models.