The next Audi A4 should be arriving sometime in 2015 according to a report from Autocar. This fifth-generation of Audi’s bread-and-butter model will reportedly undergo an evolutionary styling change and a significant weight reduction thanks to greater use of lightweight materials like aluminum.
The design of the new Audi A4 was presided over by departing Audi head designer Wolfgang Egger, and Autocar’s report suggests that the basic shape of the current A4 will not change drastically. Instead, the new car will feature more modern styling details like trapezoidal LED headlights, a 3D-effect grille, and sharper creases and character lines.
The new Audi A4 will also reportedly drop approximately 220 lbs compared with the current model, thanks to an increased use of aluminum in the A4’s MLB modular architecture. This confirms what our European correspondent Georg Kacher reported a few years ago, when his source at Audi told him a similar figure for the next A4’s weight loss. Losing around 220 lbs would bring the car’s curb weight down to around 3300 lbs, making it one of the welterweights in the entry-level luxury sedan class.
In terms of powertrains, Autocar reports that the A4 will continue to offer a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo, as well as Audi’s supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 in various states of tune. Diesels and smaller gasoline four-cylinders will surely be on the menu in Europe, and many of the gasoline engines will reportedly offer cylinder deactivation. With Audi’s recent wave of TDI diesel models that have made it to our shores, we wouldn’t be surprised to see an A4 TDI in the U.S. when the next-generation car debuts. Plug-in hybrids will also be offered, bolstering Audi’s e-tron lineup that will start in the U.S. with the Audi A3 Sportback e-tron.
Following the Audi A4 sedan’s eventual debut sometime in 2015, a raft of variants should follow, like the A5 coupe and convertible, A4 Avant and Allroad wagons, and a possible A4 Superavant which would be a larger, taller wagon with greater interior space than the traditional Avant. Stay tuned for more news about the next Audi A4 in the coming months.