Audi is putting the finishing touches on the A4 (B9) and as we get closer to the model’s launch, various automotive media outlets are publishing preliminary details to what used to be Ingolstadt’s entry-level model until that position was taken over by the A3 Sedan. Mules of the new model have already been caught on camera numerous times by professional spy photographers who say the model’s shape won’t stray away at all compared to the outgoing model.
The overall size will likely be maintained in just about the same proportions but thanks to the MLB Evo platform the 2015 Audi A4 will shave off as much as 100 kg. Moreover, the car’s body stiffness will significantly increase which means we should expect the car to provide superior handling and go up against the highly acclaimed 2014 Mercedes-Benz C-Class.
One of the most interesting topics concerning the A4 (B9) is the possible adoption of an e-quattro system for a special version which will have a conventional engine powering the front wheels and an electric motor driving the rear axle. Also in the works should be a plug-in hybrid version while the well-known gasoline and diesel engines will likely be carried over with some tweaks to lower fuel consumption and increase power. Don’t expect a three-cylinder engine as Audi chief Rupert Stadler declared at this year’s Beijing Motor Show that clients are still not ready for such a small engine in an executive sedan.
As far as the interior cabin is concerned, the 2015 Audi A4 will probably come with fewer buttons just like on the third-generation TT. Expect the more practical Avant version to come out about 12 months later, along with the two-door and Sportback A5s.