This current B9 generation Audi A4 is nearing the end of its life-cycle, with an entirely new B10 generation on the way. The B10-gen car is also going to be the last A4 to come with internal combustion engines, as its life-cycle will carry Audi close to 2030, which is when the brand wants to start phasing out piston-engine cars in favor of electrification. That means this next-gen B10 Audi A4 will need to be a good one, if it’s going to be the last. Thankfully, it should at least look good, judging by some new spy photos. (We don’t own the photos but they can be seen here)
In these new photos, the B10 Audi A4 Avant looks lower, wider, leaner, and sportier than the current B9-gen car. Its roofline is lower and more aggressively raked toward the back. It doesn’t hurt that it looks positively slammed on its suspension, more so at the rear. Perhaps it’s carrying some heavy cargo back there? Judging by its exhaust tips, it doesn’t seem to be a sportier model, such as an S4, so it’s odd to see its rear suspensions so loaded. It’s low at the front, too, but not as much.
Up front, a new Singleframe grille is wider, sleeker, and sharper than the current car’s, with wider headlights that flank it. A wide lower front air intake matches the grille and subtle vertical air inlets flank either side of the front bumper. Everything up front; from the grille, to the headlights, to the air intakes; seems to be designed to add a lot of visual width, while also visually lowering the front end. That gives it a sportier, meaner look than before.
The taillights are completely covered in camo and fake body panels, so it’s impossible to make them out. But the simple dual exhausts give away this car’s standard A4 nature. If it were an S4, it’d have quad pipes. If it were an RS4, it’d have much larger dual exhausts. So this is, indeed, an Audi A4 Avant.
This new Audi A4 Avant should make its debut sometime later this year, as a 2023 model. When it does launch, it’s said to have the best engine Audi’s ever made, according to Oliver Hoffman, head of technical development for Audi. That’s a bold statement, considering Audi’s history of making great engines. Especially when you consider it will also likely be a four-cylinder. I’m assuming he means it’s the best in terms of its power/efficiency/technology ratio. Though, it will also get some hybrid models to go along with it.
We’re very interested in the new B10 Audi A4 Avant. It’s the last in a long line of great cars that began in the mid ’90s. The A4 has been a staple of the Audi brand ever since, so seeing the last of its kind is certainly going to be fun. Thankfully, it looks good.