Orders for the A4 Avant g-tron and A5 Sportback g-tron can be placed in Germany as of November 21. The Audi A4 Avant g-tron and A5 Sportback g-tron feature a new, sporty design and a state-of-the-art touch operating concept. Customers in Germany can order both models starting 21 November—the Audi A4 Avant 40 g-tron at a base price of €43,200 and the Audi A5 Sportback 40 g-tron for €45,100.
The Audi g-tron models use a 2.0 TFSI gasoline engine, which is specially modified for operation with CNG (compressed natural gas) and has an output of 125 kW (170 PS). The maximum torque of 270 N·m (199.1 lb-ft) is available between 1,650 and 4,400 rpm.
The sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) takes 8.4 seconds; the top speed for the A4 Avant g-tron is 221 km/h (137.3 mph). A standard seven-speed S tronic transfers the drive torque of the two-liter TFSI engine to the front wheels.
The four cylindrical natural gas tanks with a lightweight design, which store 17.3 kg (38.1 lb) of CNG at a pressure of 200 bar, are under the rear of the vehicle. The inner layer is a polyamide container. A second layer—a composite winding of carbon fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP) and glass fiber-reinforced polymer (GFRP)—serves as a supporting structure with maximum strength. The outer layer consists of pure GFRP and has the task of indicating any damage that may occur as a result of stone chipping or driving over larger obstacles. Epoxy resin is used to bind the fiber-reinforced materials.
The calculated range of the A5 Sportback g-tron based on the combined natural gas consumption (NEDC) is 420 km (261.0 mi) to 455 km (282.7 mi); for the A4 Avant g-tron, it is 420 km (261.0 mi) to 440 km (273.4 mi). If the quantity of natural gas in the tanks falls below a specific value in the range 0.4 kg (0.9 lb) to 1.4 kg (3.09 lb), the 2.0 TFSI switches to gasoline operation. This depends on the CNG injection pressure and gas temperature. The filler necks for natural gas and gasoline are located under a shared tank flap.
Both revised models appear sportier and more sophisticated. In the center of the instrument panel is the large, new MMI touch display—the control center for the new operating system. Two indicators inform the driver about the fill levels of the tanks. The driver information system shows consumption in CNG or gasoline operation and, if necessary, provides information on the closest of more than 800 available CNG filling stations in Germany.
The infotainment offer extends to MMI navigation plus, which is based on new hardware—the third-generation modular infotainment platform (MIB 3) Audi connect and Audi connect plus offer a host of online services, such as Car-to-X services, which take advantage of the swarm intelligence of the Audi fleet.
Both models are coming to dealers in the first quarter of 2020.