2015 Audi A4 (B9) spy shots
These are our first spy shots of the next-generation ‘B9’ Audi A4 sedan, which is due on the market around the end of the year as a 2015 model. It will be followed about a year later by its Avant wagon and A4 Allroad variants, and will for the first time offer some alternative drivetrains. The prototype, which is in a fairly late stage, as evidenced by several production-spec elements, is heavily masked but still reveals a few details.
The size and overall proportions of the 2015 A4 appear similar to that of the current model. The tail-light design looks like the one used on the 2015 A3
, while the exhaust tips feature a new rectangular shape. We can also see the new side mirror caps, which feature a streamlined shape, and a glimpse of the interior also reveals the design of the door handles.
The 2015 A4 will be Audi’s first model to ride on the next-generation version of the MLB (modular longitudinal) platform, which will eventually underpin most of the automaker’s models from the A4 up. Previewed in Audi’s Sport quattro concept
, the latest MLB platform uses a combination of ultrahigh-strength steel, aluminum and even some composites to help get weight down. Look for weight savings of around 200 pounds compared to the current A4.
Front-wheel drive will remain standard while quattro all-wheel drive will continue to be offered as an option. The front suspension is believed to be comprised of five links per wheel, while the rear suspension should be based on the self-tracking trapezoidal link principle coveted by Audi.
One of the key benefits of the latest MLB platform is that it has been designed to be compatible with alternative drivetrains. We should get a plug-in hybrid version
of the 2015 A4 while overseas Audi will likely offer a natural gas version and maybe even an all-electric version.
The base engine, at least here in the U.S., should continue to be a 2.0-liter TSI with a 3.0-liter TSI offered for buyers seeking greater performance. It is not clear at this point if Audi will resurrect its RS 4 badge for the new A4, but we do know that a 2.0-liter TDI diesel option will be offered
. Transmissions are likely to include six-speed manual and seven-speed dual-clutch units.
Stay tuned for updates as development of the 2015 Audi A4 continues over the course of the year._______________________________________Follow Motor Authority on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.