The fifth-generation Audi A4 (B9) will be revealed later this year with rumours indicating a debut at September’s Frankfurt Motor Show. However, thanks to Chinese website Autohome and their leaked spyshots, we now have an early glimpse of the saloon which will go up against the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class.
In these leaked images, we get a clear look at a portion of the all-new A4’s front fascia which prominently displays the brand’s new design philosophy under the guidance of Audi design chief Marc Lichte. The hexagonal front grille design follows that of Audi’s recent introductions, namely the all-new Audi R8 and TT, the second of which recently made its launch debut in Malaysia. However, the edgy, angular headlamps are certainly of a new design and differentiates it from the above-mentioned models.
The grainy interior image reveals a brand new dashboard layout which appears cleaner with a minimalist approach as compared to the current A4 model (B8). Strong influences from the Prologue concept cars can be seen as well, most noticeably in the imposing gear selector. Elsewhere, we see a multimedia display screen placed higher at eye level and repositioned air-conditioning outlets.
Underpinning the all-new A4 will be the Volkswagen Group’s (of which Audi is a part of) MLB Evo architecture making it the second Audi model to ride on this platform after the 2016 Audi Q7 which profited from weight savings as a result. Expect the A4 to benefit from this as well.
As far as engines are concerned, Audi recently introduced its new 2.0-litre TFSI four-cylinder at this year’s Vienna Motor Symposium which has been confirmed to make its way into the next-gen model. Other powerplant options expected to be made available as well include diesel and petrol engines ranging from 1.4- to 3.0-litre capacities. These engines could be paired to a six-speed manual or the brand’s new nine-speed automatic S tronic transmission.
Spanish website motor.es recently leaked what appears to be the 17 possible powertrain combinations that will go into the all-new Audi A4 (B9) which also included an e-tron model, suggesting electrification is a high possibility.
We’ll have to wait until Audi officially reveal the next-generation A4 (B9) where further information will be disclosed then.