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 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, nicknamed 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 four-wheel steering plus a hybrid-based all-wheel-drive system dubbed “e-quattro” offered in the new A4. 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.
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).
Look for a debut of the 2016 Audi A4 in the lead up to the Frankfurt Auto Show in September. More practical Avant wagon and Allroad variants should follow roughly one year after the sedan.
Stay tuned for updates as development of the 2016 Audi A4 continues.