Audi A4 LWB launched in China with 6 cm more leg space
Praveen M, Engineer-turned-motorcycle journalist. I'm a sucker for cruising down the highways, and twisties in the hills.
Long wheel base (LWB) luxury cars are a big fad in China. Almost every other luxury manufacturer markets a LWB version of their luxury sedan exclusive to the Chinese market.
If you are bored listening to us repeat that every few weeks, we have a fresh update for you today.
Audi has launched the A4L (a LWB version of the Audi A4) in China in a price range of at 2,72,800 yuan (23.72 lakhs INR) to 578.100 yuan (50.26 lakhs INR).
The A4L has been stretched by 6 cm and will be manufactured by the FAW-Volkswagen joint venture. The Audi A4L will be available in three engine choices; 1.8 TFSI, 2.0 TSFI and a new 3.0 turbo. Nothing serious has been changed in the mechanical department or equipment list.
However, the A4L's improvement falls short (no pun intended) when compared to the transformation that the BMW 3 Series took on. The long wheel base version of the BMW 3 Series provides you 11 centimeters more legspace. Sadly, none of these LWBs are sold anywhere else in the world.
None of the luxury manufacturers think that LWB is a good idea for the Indian luxury sedan market. There are LWB versions of the flagship sedans such as the Audi A8L but nothing in the executive or business saloon categories.
Do you think their arrival is only a matter of time?