This is the new B8 Audi A4, which looks pretty much like the current B7 Audi A4, but in reality it is very very different. The new B8 Audi A4 rides on Audi’s new MLP platform that first made it’s debut on the Audi A5 Coupe earlier this year.
Since the rest of the car pretty much looks like the previous A4, the first think you notice is the new headlamps with integrated LED strips running lights – something expected on all future Audis as Audi is currently all hot about LED lighting. There’s no undulating shoulderline that was on the A5 Coupe, which is probably a good thing as I’m not sure if it would look good on a 4-door sedan.
Thanks to the new platform, overhangs have been minimized especially at the front, which helps the car look sportier, giving it a generally cab rearward design. The front overhang of the B7 A4 was pretty significant, enough for you to notice. Bonnet length and wheelbase for the B8 is longer than it’s predecessor, and on the driveline, the differential has swapped places with the clutch/torque converter, making it possible to move the front axle forward by 154mm. Apart from reducing front overhang, this improves axle-load distribution between the front and rear axles.
The new B8 Audi A4 will be launched with 5 engine options ranging from 143bhp to the top of the line 265bhp V6 FSI engine. There are also diesel options available. These engines are mated to either a 6-speed manual, conventional torque converter-based Tiptronic auto, or a Multitronic CVT. It is also available either in front wheel drive or quattro all-wheel drive.
Video: Next generation B8 Audi A4
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