The A4 (B9) generation will be shown in both Sedan and Avant body styles and according to the latest reports it will be up to 100 kg lighter than the outgoing model as a result of making the switch to the MLB Evo platform. Official images are not available at this point, but we do know the new compact premium model will adopt an evolutionary and more angled design creating a sleeker silhouette.
It will receive more angular headlight and taillight clusters while the wheelbase is going to be stretched a little bit, thus enabling additional legroom for passengers sitting on the rear seats. Since we mentioned the interior, Audi will adopt a less cluttered layout for the new A4 as many physical buttons and knobs will disappear while a fully digital and customizable instrument cluster should be available, most likely as an optional feature.
Details about what will power the new A4 Sedan and A4 Avant are limited at this moment, but Audi has previously revealed a newly developed 2.0-liter four-cylinder TFSI engine. It debuted last month at the Vienna Motor Symposium and aims to be the most frugal power plant in its segment, allowing the A4 do more than 20 kmpl while developing 190 bhp and a maximum torque of 320 Nm.
Those who value performance rather than fuel economy will probably want the hotter S4 version which will once again be offered in both sedan and wagon body styles. Chances are it will carry over the same TFSI 3.0-liter V6 engine but Audi’s engineers will make some tweaks to bump its output from the current 333 bhp and 400 Nm of torque.
Later during the car’s lifecycle, there will obviously be another RS4 / RS4 Avant but it will lose the 4.2-liter V8 normally aspirated engine to make room for a smaller turbocharged motor, most likely a V6 which will not only be more powerful but also a lot less thirsty.
Note: Attached images show scans of the 2016 Audi A4 B9 renders from Quattroruote magazine.