UK media is reporting the Audi A4 (B9) is scheduled to go on sale in the second half of 2015. In other words, expect a public debut to occur as early as February at the Geneva Motor Show while the order books should open up shortly thereafter. Basically an all-new car, the next-gen A4 will ride on the second generation MLB platform which will bring a considerable weight loss thanks to a more extensive use of aluminum and high-strength steels.
In terms of engines, the Audi A4 (B9) will get a plethora of longitudinally-mounted motors with displacements such as 1.4, 1.8 and 2.0 featuring TFSI technology and cylinder shutdown system on some of them. 1.6 and 2.0 turbodiesel engines will also be offered along with newly developed 3.0-liter TFSI and TDI units.
Interestingly, there are also talks about a plug-in hybrid variant using the same hardware setup as the A3 e-tron. Audi could also be cooking up a diesel-electric hybrid variant but it won’t be available right away. All engines will work with a six-speed manual or a nine-speed automatic transmission while the CVT will be axed.
Front-wheel drive will be standard but select versions will be offered with a quattro all-wheel drive system. The Audi A4 (B9) will also come with systems such as thermal management, brake energy and start/stop while an AWD variant with an electrically-driven rear axle is also a possibility.
The sedan will be the first to come out and will be followed shortly by the Avant and then by a rugged allroad derivative. Sometime next year, Audi will introduce the next-gen A5 coupe, cabriolet and Sportback body styles.