A new generation of the Audi A4 sedan will be revealed before the year is out, and here are some never-before-seen details of the upcoming small sedan. These leaked shots, which appeared on Chinese website Autohome, reveal details such as the new headlight design for the car, part of the grille, and the interior look and layout.
It appears that Audi is implementing a slightly different take on its angular headlight design, with a small tick found under the main light cluster. The single-frame grille, meanwhile, features the rigid, hexagonal shape found on recent additions to the Audi lineup.
The new A4, which is expected to arrive as a 2016 model, will be Audi’s second model to ride on the lightweight MLB Evo platform that debuted in the 2016 Q7 SUV. Look for weight savings of around 200 pounds compared to the current A4 thanks to a combination of high-strength steel, aluminum and even some composites.
Front-wheel drive will remain standard while quattro all-wheel drive will continue to be offered as an option. We may also four-wheel steering plus a hybrid-based all-wheel-drive system dubbed “e-quattro” offered in the new A4.
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The base engine, at least here in the U.S., should continue to be a turbocharged 2.0-liter four, with a supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 offered for buyers seeking greater performance. Also in the lineup should be a frugal turbocharged 2.0-liter diesel and a high-performance RS 4 variant. It’s not clear at this point if the latter will be available in both sedan and wagon forms (the current RS 4 is only available as an Avant wagon).
A debut for the new A4 in its sedan bodystyle will likely take place at the 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show in September. The Avant wagon and Allroad variants should follow roughly one year later.