Fresh details are starting to emerge about the all-new Audi A4 scheduled to go on sale next year. According to Car & Driver, the A4 (B9) will ride on the MLB II / Evo platform developed by the Volkswagen Group and as a consequence it’s expected to make extensive use of lighter materials that will enable a weight loss of at least 90 kg (200 lbs).
As far as the design is concerned, chances are it will be an evolution of today’s styling but with a sharper and edgier approach. The roof line will remain just about the same as it is on the current model while up front there will be longer yet slimmer headlights. The side mirrors will be more angular and most likely the taillights will be elongated as well.
Moving inside the cabin, the all-new Audi A4 will get the customizable digital instrument cluster from the TT working together with the latest implementation of the MMI infotainment system. Despite keeping roughly the same proportions, the wheelbase will probably be stretched a bit which should grant additional rear legroom to better distance the model from the A3 Sedan.
In terms of engines, the most popular will likely turn out to be a 4-cylinder, 2.0-liter turbocharged motor while the S4 is going to continue with a supercharged V6 3.0-liter. A few days ago we found out from Quattro GmbH managing director Heinz Hollerweger the RS4 will lose the naturally aspirated V8 4.2-liter engine in favor of a twin-turbo V6.
The engine lineup will also include a few turbodiesels along with a plug-in hybrid derivative which will probably use the “e-tron” moniker. Depending on region, the all-new Audi A4 will also be offered with 1.4- and 1.8-liter turbocharged gasoline engines and based on the engine selection there will be a six-speed manual and a dual-clutch seven-speed automatic sending power to either the front wheels or through a quattro AWD setup.
The all-new Audi A4 will be introduced sometime next year and is expected to go on sale as a 2016MY.
Note: 2016 Audi A4 render by RM Design pictured