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It’s confirmed, the next-generation Audi A4 will make its public world debut at this year’s Frankfurt motor show in September. The “B9” A4 will be presented to the press at the VW Group’s traditional pre-IAA 2015 event in the German city.

“You’ll be happy to see it, at least in Frankfurt, but we’ll make a pre-presentation,” Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, member of the Board of Management at Audi AG told Indian Autos Blog in Geneva. With a September 2015 debut, we can expect European sales to start at the end of the year, before the C-Class/3 Series rival ventures out to the rest of the world in 2016.

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We’ve so far seen spyshots of the B9 A4 on test, as well as renderings of the compact premium exec. From there, we’re expecting a sharper looking car with a significantly more angular front end and single-frame grille, as seen on the new Audi Q7 SUV and R8 sports car. It will still be easily recognisable as an A4 and Audi though – evolution, not revolution.

The new A4 will sit on a modified MLB platform from the VW Group dubbed the MLB evo. The platform employs a combination of ultra high-strength steel, aluminium and composites, potentially allowing the A4 to undercut its rivals in terms of weight. Savings of 100 kg are being talked about.

Audi’s efficient range of forced induction TDI diesel and TFSI petrol engines will feature, mated to a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. As for driven wheels, it’s either FWD or quattro AWD.

GALLERY: Audi A4 B9 spyshots