Audi is preparing the next generation Audi A4, which should be codenamed the B9. This is the first time we’ve seen a prototype tested with the actual next generation body (heavily camouflaged, of course) – previous prototypes have been sighted wearing the old B8 body panels.

With the F30 3-Series set to be facelifted soon and Mercedes-Benz rocking the segment with an all-new C-Class, the new A4 can’t come sooner enough. The new Audi A4 will be built on an upgraded version of the Volkswagen Group’s MLB platform called “MLB evo”, which we will first see on the next generation Audi Q7.

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MLB evo is said to be MLB upgraded with more ultra high strength steel, aluminium and composite bits, helping drive weight down. The new Q7 is said to be much lighter as well.

The MLB family mounts the engine longitudinally, but two wheel drive versions will drive the front wheels just like the current B8. There’s also the option for all wheel drive of course, using the marque’s quattro system.