Audi is already immersed in the entire process of development and fine-tuning of the new generation of the A4, one of its best-selling sedans that will be ready in 2023.
With the new generations of the BMW 3 Series and the Mercedes C-Class in the spotlight, the segment of premium “access” saloons is waiting for Audi to make a move with the corresponding new generation of the A4, a model that already is being fine-tuned, according to unofficial information to which we have had access.
Sources close to the German brand based in Ingolstadt advance that the new generation of the A4, one of the best-selling vehicles in the firm of the four areas as it accounts for around a fifth of the global registrations of the firm, will be marketed with various and varied powertrains, including gasoline and diesel versions with a 48V mild-hybrid system, as well as plug-in hybrid variants and even a more than likely purely electric A4 e-Tron.
In the case of the 48V diesel and mild-hybrid gasoline versions, the brand’s technical development managers would be working on a new evolution of the 2.0 TFSI four-cylinder petrol engine and the corresponding 2.0 TDI four-cylinder engine. In both cases, various improvements to the supercharging and injection systems would provide a better response at low speeds, in addition to offering better data in terms of fuel consumption and emission levels.
Audi A4 2023 Engine
From a technical point of view, the starting point for the new generation A4 would be the new evolution of the current MLB modular platform (for vehicles with longitudinal front engines). In the case of plug-in hybrid versions and according to Oliver Hoffman, Audi Head of Technical Development, in statements made to the British media, these plug-in hybrid variants could include a battery pack with the same useful or net capacity – 14, 4 kWh – as the Q5 (in the versions Q5 50 TFSIe of 299 CV and Q5 55 TFSIe of 367 CV).
In the case of the next and more than likely purely electric A4 e-Tron, everything indicates that the German saloon will use the PPE (Premium Platform Electric) platform. It can be offered in several versions: first, the lower power ones should incorporate an electric motor located on the rear axle; and secondly, the most powerful variants would incorporate two electric motors (one per axle). There is also speculation about the possibility of a hypothetical A4 RS e-Tron, that is, the most powerful and sporty variant in a purely electric version, whose total power could be around 470 hp.
At the design level, the new generation A4 that will be ready for commercialization in 2023, will not offer major image changes compared to the current model, although in the case of the e-Tron electric versions these would have a more differentiating style, marked mainly by the absence of ventilation openings in the front grill (it would be closed) and another series of specific aerodynamic additives. Photo; Largus & auto-moto