B9 is a weird in-between generations product that just looks weak. Facelift did fix headlight and taillight tear design but then they removed MMI and put on a touchscreen. Who ever thinks raising your hand in air and hunting pixels is more appropriate than physical buttons and muscle memory lacks common sense. Mazda 3 new infotainment absolutely kills Range Rover Velar dual screen setup that acts like a tablet with way too complicated transitions, clutter of pixels you can actually interact with etc all while you have to look down while you drive.
I like the design, I think the infotainment screen is a bit large in the vertical, but apart from that, it looks quite sleek. The fake (presumably) exhausts may take a hike though. All the rest helps to bring the A4 more in line with the new design language they've kicked off with the A6. A more rounded variant to the previous more angled offerings.
Current: 2019 BMW X3
Past: 2015 Lexus CT200h, 2008 Mazda MX-5, 2006 Opel Vectra, 1999 Renault Safrane, 1998 Golf Mk IV, 1985 Golf Mk II
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I wish the guys still talking about iPads and "tacked on" tablets in 2019 could give it a rest.
High mounted infotainment screens with scroll wheels made the best sense until the availability and maturation of Apple Carplay/Android Auto, faster and better touchscreen tech for automobiles, and more advanced voice control options.
The game is changing now with all of those things in play, and folks like Audi are transitioning back to touchscreens integrated lower into the dash, with voice control playing a larger part.
When the Q7, B9 products, and even the Mercedes W205/GLC came out, Apple Carplay was unproven, voice controls weren't ready, and both companies went with an easy-to-see high mounted position, closer to the driver's eyes than the further set back screens used by other companies. Since the rest of the dash is basically unchanged, the B9.5 had to essentially keep the same position, though the screen is slightly closer to the driver now and larger.
In the end, the more voice control the better IMO.
edit: Basically, modern improvements to AWD systems means that Audi no longer needs to put the engine ahead of the front axle to offer competitive and cost-effective AWD. In the 90s when they popularized Quattro, doing so was a means to an end. edit2: Oh, and I expect that while the A4 will become an A3 XL, the A6 will become a Panamera mini.
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Very interesting, though I imagine that's going to limit the power capabilities of the RS models. I can't think of any 600HP+ transverse engine cars, and we all know that is where the M3 and the like are headed. It's stupid to me but it matters in that market.
Also curious on whether that means lower prices... and more pressingly what it will do for the looks. From what I understand all MQB cars have a fixed front axle to dash relationship... so while the weight balance might get less nose heavy the visuals of it may get more nose heavy, like the Cadillac XTS
Probably, but already the RS3 makes 394hp to the RS5's 444. And supposedly there's renewed interest in VR6s. I think they could make a competitive 3.0T VR6, especially with a 48V turbo that could limit the downside to the long manifold in the forward "bank."Originally Posted by CTK
On a side note, I just realized that MLB's demise may be a contributor to the Macan going EV. It wouldn't make sense to put Macan on MQB or MSB.
Last edited by ghost03; 05-15-2019 at 01:36 PM.
At any rate, if I'm dreaming, the 2024 RS4 will have a 460hp 2.7liter reduced-compression/high-boost version of the S4's all aluminum 2.8TSI VR6, which itself makes 355hp.