Audi prepares a new platform, a wider range of engines and lightweight materials for the next-generation A4 B9, preparing for its planned launch this Autumn.
The new model’s platform, known under the internal codename MLB Evo, has been conceived to underpin all high-end Audi models, including future A6 and A7 models. Audi uses high strength steel and aluminum in its quest to shave up to 100 kg from the car’s weight.
The new platform’s structure has been designed to support a range of wheelbases and track widths, in order to provide increased production flexibility. As with today’s successful A4, Audi is readying the new model in sedan and Avant body styles — the latter being set to retain its dynamic design and posh image, instead of trying to evoke the classic virtues of regular wagons – space and practicality.
Heading the line-up will be a successor to the RS4, which is planned to be offered, as tradition dictates, with four-wheel drive as standard when it appears in 2016 or 2017.
The new Audi A4 is set to feature a wide range of four and six-cylinder engines (1.4-, 1.8- and 2.0-liter TFSI turbo petrols, and 1.6- and 2.0-liter turbo diesels) from launch, including a plug-in-hybrid version. The powertrain for the A4 PHEV is likely to include a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine driving the front wheels. It will be paired to a single electric motor, powering the rear axle to achieve all-wheel drive.
The main technological features expected to be avalaible alongside the new Audi A4 include LED and Matrix laser lights, a digital instrument panel lifted straight from the new TT, a new touchpad for the infotainment system and the already mentioned e-quattro plug-in hybrid powertrain.