2015 AUDI A4 RENDERING
A new rendering published this week offers a new look at what we might expect from the next-generation Audi A4, expected to debut later this year.
If Theo’s renderings are on the right track, we could see Audi introduce a more curvaceous look to the new A4’s profile, moving away from the sharp angles the dominate the current range.
Blacked-out and Laser-lit headlights feature up front, flanking the latest iteration of Audi’s single-frame grille design that has now entered production with the all-new TT coupe.
At the rear, the familiar Audi LED tail-lights take on a hollow frame shape, connected by a red band along the top of a greyed-out feature panel.
The large wheels, aggressive body kit and bold exhaust tips suggest we could be looking at the top S4 model here, with a more toned-down style likely for regular models.
The new A4 will be the first Audi to ride on the company’s new MLB architecture, which will also underpin the next A6 and A8 - among other Volkswagen Group cars.
The 2015 model is expected to enter as a lighter and more luxurious replacement than the current six year-old model, dropping as much as 50kg from its ‘body in white’ alone.
Weight savings will come thanks to an extensive use of aluminium, magnesium and plastic components in the body construction.
Audi has also been investing heavily in its alloy casting technology; the German automaker is now able to cast aluminium parts with a thickness of as little as 1mm - without loss of function or durability in parts that are under less mechanical stress.
Other weight-saving measures are expected to yield an overall weight approximately 100kg less than the current A4 - bringing total kerb weight down to around 1400kg.
But while the new A4 will shed some pounds, it'll reportedly gain some luxury. Material quality will be lifted, and the advanced MMI Touch system from the A3 (where the MMI touchpad is integrated into the scroll wheel) will likely be transplanted into the A4.
Engines are expected to range from a 110kW 1.4 litre turbo four to a 3.0 litre turbo diesel V6, with the usual 2.0 litre turbo petrol and turbo diesels inbetween. There's no mention of whether the 200kW 3.0 litre supercharged V6 will carry over.
A plug-in hybrid is believed to be in the works too, pairing a 2.0 litre turbo petrol engine with electric motors on the front and rear axles.
EV range is expected to be 50km, and the plug-in A4 is likely to join the range roughly one year after the initial launch.
Watch for more details on the new A4 to surface in the coming months.