Super-aero lines needn’t result in cars that look like they are produced in jelly moulds: the new-generation Audi A4 sedan is said to boast the lowest drag coefficient in its class – an impressive 0,23 – and yet it maintains the family’s purposeful look. In fact, according to Audi, its technologies have been focused as never before on minimising drive resistance as a whole.

That’s gone hand in hand with prioritising the reduction of CO2 emissions and fuel consumption.

The new 110 kW A4 Sedan 2.0 TDI has impressively low CO2 emissions of 95 grams per kilometre. Audi says its new generation of four-cylinder TFSI engines with newly developed combustion methods sets benchmarks in terms of fuel consumption, emissions and performance for four-cylinder petrol engines; in addition to this, for the first time in the A4 range there’s a 1.4T FSI 110 kW engine.

The new cars don’t only cut through the air more easily than before: they also ride more lightly. Although the new car is bigger than its predecessor, depending on engine it can weigh up to 120 kilograms less. A lot of that is thanks to an intelligent material mix and lightweight construction, says Audi.

Smart tech built into the new cars includes the new Audi MMI display and control concept, the “virtual cockpit” the  Matrix LED headlights, smartphone interface, the Bang & Olufsen Sound System with 3D sound,  head-up display, new driver assistance systems and Audi connect services

Expect pricing and specification details early next year when the A4 is launched locally.