The refined and sweet-handling Audi A4 will debut in its long-awaited next generation for the 2015 model year, bringing all-new styling riding on a brand-new platform. Competing with the Mercedes-Benz C-Class and BMW 3-Series, the A4 is expected to grow slightly in exterior dimensions. Styling will be updated to incorporate design cues first debuted on the new TT and A3, including full-LED headlamps and a more-dynamic grille, plus softened body lines running from front to rear.
The next A4 will be among the brand’s first offerings based on the new second-generation MLB (Modular Longitudinal) platform, which will also underpin a number of other Audi products. The new platform is once again designed to accommodate both front-wheel-drive and Quattro AWD variants, and will reportedly also allow for a hybrid architecture, meaning the first A4 hybrid may not be far off.
As far as powertrains, expect the A4 to once again offer a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder, as well as a supercharged V6 in the high-performance S4. A diesel offering, or even an ultra-high-mileage hybrid diesel, may also be in the pipeline. A V8-powered RS4 model is also planned, but don’t expect it to make it to America; the current RS4 is only sold overseas.
So just when can we expect the next-gen A4 to arrive? Audi’s initial plans pegged the car to be revealed this Spring, with an early-2015 release date in U.S. dealerships. However, the brand has reportedly delayed the model to further refine styling and suspension response, meaning it may be pushed back to a Summer 2015 release as a late 2015 model. Pricing should rise ever so slightly compared with the current model, which starts at $33,800.