The new Audi A4 ‘B9’ has been spotted winter testing ahead of its planned launch this Autumn. These are the most revealing spy-shots yet, showing for the first time the final design of the LED headlights and tail-lights.
Underpinning the new A4 is the new MLB Evo (Modular Longitudinal) platform. Designed to support a wide range of wheelbases and track widths, it will serve as the base for all upcoming high-end Audi models, including future A6 and A7 models. High strength steel, aluminum and composite materials are used in Audi’s quest to save up to 100 kg compared to the current car’s weight.
As tradition dictates, Audi will continue to offer the new model in sedan and Avant body styles. As with today’s A4, front-wheel drive will be standard, while quattro all-wheel drive will be available as an option.
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). The MLB Evo platform has been designed with alternative drives in mind. As a result, a plug-in-hybrid version will be available from launch. A 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine will be driving the front wheels, while a single electric motor will power the rear axle to achieve all-wheel drive. Further down the life cycle, Audi will also offer natural gas and even all-electric versions.
Alongside the new A4, a full array of technological features are expected to debut, including 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.