An artist’s impression has been put forward made up of the spy photos and released information about the new Audi a4 2015. The car will be more angular in design making it look more edgy and it will have a lot of technology with a head up display, LED lighting and autonomous functions.
The styling will be aggressive and it is likely to be a template for future designs. Wolfgang Egger was the head of design and has now been moved on to the Italdesign Giugiaro which is why this design will test the current design team to see how well it goes down with the customers. Audi will offer an Avant station wagon and four door sedan. The sedan will be sold in Europe but Americans will have to make do with the Allroad.
There is a growing worldwide market for compact and small crossovers and the A4 is currently the best seller in the US for Audi. The A4 will be the backbone of the products but it is a hotly contested segment. BMW 3-series is getting lots of awards and Mercedes is also providing a lot of luxury cars. There are also challenges in this market place from the Cadillac ATs and the Lexus IS and so Audi will have to come up with an A4 that can stand out against all of this significant competition.
The A4 will have the MLB architecture which was Audi developed and it will be one of the first vehicles to use it. This platform will be used for many future vehicles such as the A6, A5 and A8 as well as the Volkswagen Phaeton. It will actually reduce the weight of the vehicle by 200 pounds compared to the current platform which will make a considerable difference. It will be able to use all-wheel and front wheel drive or hybrid plug in mechanisms.
There will be a selection of engine choices. There will be a 1.4, 1.8 and 2.0 litre four cylinder engines as well as a 3.0 litre V6 in the S4 that will be supercharges. There will also be diesel engine options in four and six cylinders as well as the likelihood of a V8 in a RS4. It is expected that in the US there will be a line up similar to what is available today which is a 2.0 litre turbo four, supercharged 3.0 litre V8 and there may be a twin turbo V8 if the RS4 option is made available. The high performance model was last seen in the US in 2007 and 2008 as a cabriolet and sedan but at the moment is only available as a Avant Wagon overseas. A diesel model is likely to be available in the US as well. The transmission will be a six speed manual and seven speed dual clutch automatic.
The car will compete with the Lexus IS, Mercedes-Benz C-class, BMW 3-series and Cadillac ATS. It is expected that the new Audi A4 will be revealed in the spring with production cars being available in the US for dealers at the start of 2015The price is expected to be a bit higher than the current base level of $34,695.