IAB reader snaps a production-ready 2016 Audi A4 on test – Spied
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Will be revealed shortly before the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show.
Carina Hauck, an Indian Autos Blog reader, snapped the next generation 2016 Audi A4 on test in Nürnberg, Germany. Set to be revealed shortly before the Frankfurt Motor Show (which will take place in the second week of September), the new A4 is on the final leg of its global testing program.
Shedding a sizable 100 kg over the current generation model, the new A4 rides on the MLB Evo platform, and based on spyshots, appears a tad larger than the model it will replace. The headlight clusters will get an unconventional kink – unseen on an Audi model till date – while the taillights remind one of the smaller Audi A3 Sedan. Audi’s new Singleframe grille, seen on the new Q7 and R8, will make an appearance on the car.
For the interior, Audi has taken a page from the new Q7’s cabin, as spyshots have shown the new A4 to sport a stubby gearlever, a slim MMI display, a minimalist center console and the new Virtual Cockpit instrument cluster. Audi will continue to offer a long wheelbase version exclusive to the Chinese market.
Upon launch, the new A4 in Europe is expected to be offered in 13 engine options, with a diminutive 1.4-liter TFSI engine and a 1.6-liter TDI engine starting the petrol and diesel range respectively. The current gen A4 will be among the last Audi models to come with the Multitronic CVT gearbox, as the 2016 A4 is expected with a 9-speed automatic transmission apart from a 6-speed manual.
Being one of Audi India’s key volume selling models, the new A4 is expected to launch in India within 12 months of its European market introduction.
Rivals: Jaguar XE, Volvo S60, BMW 3 Series, Mercedes C Class
Expected Price: INR 30-45 lakhs, ex-Showroom
Launch date: Unveiling by September 2015