Next generation Audi A4 could get plug-in hybrid version

The all-new Audi A4 (B9) is almost ready to show its production face and naturally more and more details are starting to emerge about Ingolstadt’s answer to the all-new Mercedes-Benz C-Class. German media is reporting the sedan will largely maintain the current model’s proportions and that it will be offered in the same familiar derivatives: sedan, convertible, cabriolet, Sportback and Allroad.

In terms of design, it will be evolutionary so don’t expect to find a whole new styling approach since Audi is probably afraid it will lose some of the customer base. Optional full LED headlights and daytime running lights using the same technology will allegedly be offered.

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The interior cabin will also go through some changes and will encompass the latest MMI system with touchpad as well as a bigger touchscreen and a head-up display. Moreover, the rearview mirror will have a built-in display while the TT’s programmable display will be carried over although it will not provide the same extensive level of customization.

It is believed that at least the 1.4-liter TSI four-cylinder engine will feature cylinder deactivation technology which will lower fuel consumption by 0.5 liters / 100 km by shutting down two of the cylinders during low & medium loads.

Interestingly, Audi’s engineers are also planning a plug-in hybrid derivative that will combine a 2.0-liter TFSI providing 211 bhp with an electric motor that will generate an additional 95 bhp and in electric mode the A4 is rumored to have a 50 km range. The same report indicates Audi is also analyzing the prospects of using a diesel engine for the plug-in hybrid version although additional details are not available at this point.

We won’t be too surprised if Audi will introduce the A4 (B9) in October at the Paris Motor Show, with sales likely programmed to commence early 2015.

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Note: 2012 Audi A4 3.0 TDI S-Line Avant UK-spec pictured

via auto-motor-und-sport.de

Adrian Padeanu

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