Audi A4 B8 facelift

We have some new details on the 2014 Audi A4, courtesy of Autobild. The compact exec is said to be in line for a major redesign, which should include improved technology and features, a more luxurious interior and an updated MMI infotainment system with two separate screens.

Apart from that, the extended use of aluminum, magnesium and plastic parts means the new B9 could tip the scales at about 1.33 tonnes – around 100 kg lighter than the current B8 (pictured here).

The engine menu reportedly includes a 1.4 TSI with 150 hp and 250 Nm of torque, 2.0 TFSIs in 175 hp/300 Nm and 225 hp/350 Nm versions, 2.0 TDIs in 120 hp/270 Nm, 136 hp/320 Nm, 148 hp/320 Nm and 190 hp/400 Nm forms and 3.0 V6 TDIs in 218 hp/400 Nm and 268 hp/600 Nm guises.

2015 should see the introduction of a plug-in hybrid variant that combines the 225 hp 2.0 TFSI with a 54 hp electric motor at the front axle and a 82 hp electric motor on the rear axle, according to Autobild. A 12 kWh lithium-ion battery makes possible an electric-only range of 50 km.

Read Paul’s comprehensive review of the 1.8 TFSI-engined Audi A4 B8 facelift here. The A4 is no longer Audi’s smallest sedan – the A3 Sedan was unveiled at the recent New York Auto Show.