2015 Audi A4 – latest details in addition to completely new engine
The completely new Audi A4 is actually due to be unveiled within the second half of This particular year
Fifth-generation A4 saloon due on sale within the UK within the middle of This particular year, with Avant in addition to Allroad versions to follow
The next-generation Audi A4 has again been spotted, with these latest spy pictures showing a less-disguised prototype in testing.
These latest pictures come alongside news of a completely new ultra-efficient 2.0-litre engine whichwill make its debut within the completely new A4. Launched at the Vienna Motor Symposium, the completely new 2.0-litre four-cylinder TFSI powerplant has been described as “a prime example of the Audi rightsizing strategy” by the firm’s technical chief Ulrich Hackenberg.
With outputs of 187bhp in addition to 236lb ft, the completely new engineis capable of returning up to 56.5mpg.
Recent spy pictures have also shown the completely new A4 Avant in testing, ahead of going on sale next year.
Despite being heavily disguised, the estate variant showed some of the design cues already seen on the prototype saloon earlier This particular year. Such as the angular, LED headlights coming from the completely new TT.
Based on the second-generation MLB platform, the completely new A4 will be part of a push for enhanced economy coming from Audi.
A range of longitudinally mounted 1.4, 1.8 in addition to 2.0-litre TFSI engines are required to power the completely new A4, some featuring cylinder shut-down technology, alongside 1.6 in addition to 2.0-litre diesel units. At least one product should offer CO2 emissions of less than 100g/km.
Audi is actually also planning to introduce 3.0-litre TFSI in addition to TDI engines, such as the one shown in Vienna last year, however those will likely be mainly for the US market.
A plug-in hybrid product, using the same petrol-electric powertrain as the A3 e-tron in addition to with an electric-only range of around 30 miles, is actually also planned. A diesel-electric system is actually also under development in addition to could be introduced later on to feed a growing demand for hybrids in Europe.
Both six-speed manual in addition to nine-speed automatic gearboxes should be offered, however today’s multitronic CVT will be dropped coming from the line-up. All A4 versions will be front-wheel drive, with four-wheel drive available as an option. Stop-start technology, brake energy recuperation in addition to thermal management should also feature. There’s also the chance to offer all-wheel drive via an electrically driven rear axle.
The saloon variant of the A4 will launch first, with an Avant product appearing soon after. Reports suggest an Allroad variation will follow later within the year, while successors to the A5 coupé, cabriolet in addition to Sportback are also planned for 2016.
The A4’s length in addition to height will remain close to the current car, however its width will increase in order to house a completely new chassis with wider tracks. The wheelbase of the completely new car should also be longer than the 2810mm of the current A4. The completely new A4’s boot capacity should remain the same as the current A4, at 480 litres.
Inside, the completely new A4 should offer a minimalistic design with extras such as a head-up display available as options. The latest variation of Audi’s MMI infotainment system should also be available, controlled via a touchpad as seen on the completely new Audi TT.
Currently one of the top-ranking compact executive versions, the completely new A4 will face stiff competition coming from the BMW 3-series in addition to completely new Mercedes-Benz C-class. The A4 is actually also Audi’s best-selling product, that has a total of 338,449 units sold in 2013.
The completely new MLB platform has been in development for all 5 years, in addition to represents a huge investment for Audi. Dumping the traditional welded steel monocoque structure, the MLB platform uses a mixture of aluminium in addition to steel – in addition to, eventually, some lightweight composite materials – which are joined by rivets, screws in addition to high-tech adhesives.
The move has caused Audi to completely retool the factories which will build all of its versions coming from the A4 upwards. Audi engineers believe which a mixed-materials architecture is actually superior to one made mostly of steel or mostly of aluminium. The theory is actually which being able to use different materials in different parts of the structure results in a more ideally optimised structure.
This particular is actually understood which the A4 will use high-strength steels for the sills, Centeng pillars in addition to crash structures within the nose. The front suspension turrets in addition to parts of the engine bay will be made coming from aluminium castings in addition to extrusions, while aluminium is actually also required to be used for the roof panel, bonnet in addition to front wings.
More exotic variations of the MLB platform, such as which set to be used on the completely new Q7 SUV, could also get super-stiff composite structures around the bulkhead in addition to composite floor panels.
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