The development of the next generation Audi A4 has begun. Our spy photographers captured the prototype camouflaged during its testing, before it is expected to debut in 2023. The model comes with the Avant bodystyle and looks like it’s wearing the production body revealing a few design details.
While the A4 Avant is similar in silhouette to the existing model, it appears sportier. It almost looks like a baby RS6. With its pair of aggressive headlights as well as a wide Singleframe grille and vertical inlets at the bumper, the A4 appears less conservative than its predecessor.
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With the five-spoke black wheels, this prototype has toned down the front and rear end to give the vehicle a strong stance. Although the prototype taillights may not be produced, they are very similar to the ones in the A4 Avant. The shape and outline of the tailgate suggests that the A4 Avant’s rear end is quite elegant.
A modified version of the MLB architecture will be used to transport the A4’s new model. Audi confirms that the engine line-up will include mild-hybrid as well as plug-in hybrid options. An updated turbocharged four-cylinder petrol 2.0 TFSI engine is rumored. It will also be paired with a reworked diesel 2.0 TDI. The RS4 flagship performance vehicle is expected to also be electrified.
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An A4 fully-electric etron is also in the works, though it’s not known if the A4 will be placed on an electric version of the MLB platform (etron Sportback, etron Sportback), or switch to the modern PPE architecture Q6 etron, and A6 etron. Rumours suggest that this is the most likely scenario.
The Audi A4 will rival the likes of the upcoming facelifted BMW 3 Series, and the latest generation of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class which was unveiled earlier this year. These three German competitors are offered in estate and sedan forms. They will also be the last generation to offer ICE powertrains prior to the forthcoming ban.