Following the recent leaked shots of what's likely to be a pre-production 2016 A4, we now have some new, somewhat revealing shots of a prototype for the next-generation Audi small sedan. We can see many of the details, such as the final shape of the car and the design of its lights.
The new A4 will be Audi’s second model to ride on the new 'modular longitudinal' MLB Evo platform, which will eventually underpin most of the automaker’s models from the A4 up. Previewed in Audi’s Sport quattro concept, the MLB Evo uses a combination of high-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. The first vehicle to adopt the new platform is the 2016 Q7.
Front-wheel drive will remain standard for the 2016 A4 while quattro all-wheel drive will continue to be offered as an option. We may also see four-wheel steering plus a hybrid-based all-wheel-drive system dubbed “e-quattro”, though Audi is yet to confirm this. The front suspension should be comprised of five links per wheel, while the rear suspension should be based on the self-tracking trapezoidal link principle coveted by the brand with the four rings.
Audi 2.0-liter TFSI with 187 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torqueEnlarge Photo
Audi recently revealed a new 2.0-liter TFSI for its next-gen A4. The engine, which features a combustion method similar to the Miller cycle, develops 187 horsepower. This is lower than the 220 hp the 2.0-liter mill in the current A4 develops, but the new engine should be more efficient and more tractable.
Those seeking extra efficiency will have two new options: a 2.0-liter diesel and a plug-in hybrid e-tron model.
Sitting above these will be a new S4 model equipped with a supercharged 3.0-liter V-6, possibly with as much as 340 hp on tap. Also in the lineup should be 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) but given the growing popularity of the RS brand in the U.S. it's safe to assume that an RS 4 sedan will be launched this time around.
Look for a debut of the 2016 Audi A4 in the lead up to the Frankfurt Auto Show in September. More practical Avant and Allroad wagon variants should follow roughly one year after the sedan.
Stay tuned for updates as development of the 2016 Audi A4 continues.