Spy-Shots of Cars

Yes, we know, the B9 Audi A4 has been captured a million times. This round, however, the upcoming 3 Series-fighter has been photographed with most, if not all, of its camouflage stripped away. As a result, this batch of photos you see here is probably the closest thing you’ll get to the finished article prior to its confirmed Frankfurt debut in September.

While the car looks set to retain its dimensions, sources indicate a slightly wider rear track and a coupe-like roofline for a sleeker silhouette. Look closer and one will notice the subtle chrome line that begins just aft of the headlights and run all the way to the rear and across the boot before coming round the other side.

The headlight design appears to stay true to earlier renderings of the car, with the adoption of downturned, C-shaped assemblies flanking a Singleframe front grille as per Typ 8S Audi TT. At the rear, the edgier-looking taillights, replete with LED, cut deep into the boot assembly. The overall result is a clean, no-frills design that should see the B9 Audi A4 age like fine wine.

Spy-Shots of Cars

While shots of its interior are not included this time round, an earlier shot and rendering points to an uncluttered layout with Audi’s virtual cockpit set to feature. Elsewhere, a large tablet-like display screen sits atop the centre console while lower down, an Audi Q7-inspired gear selector is set to be included.

Under the skin, the B9 Audi A4 will ride on an evolution of the MQB platform, dubbed MQB Evo. Said platform employs a combination of ultra-high strength steel, aluminium and composites to help trim weight – up to 100 kg has been touted. In the near future, MQB Evo will underpin a vast majority of Audi’s models with the all-new Audi Q7 having the honour of being the first to adopt it.

Suspension wise, the B9 Audi A4 is expected to feature a five-link setup for each front wheel while the rear suspension layout will consist of a self-tracking trapezoidal-link system. As for what lies under the bonnet, an all-new 2.0 litre TFSI petrol engine will sit alongside a range of TDI diesel and petrol mills.

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Transmission wise, a six-speed manual is expected to feature along with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission – front-wheel drive is standard while quattro all-wheel drive be offered as a cost option and as standard on higher-end models.

Thanks to the flexibility of the MQB Evo platform, a plug-in hybrid variant is expected to feature for the US market while Europeans will receive a CNG (compressed natural gas) or all-electric e-tron version. Avant and Allroad variants are expected to debut not long after the sedan does. No word on a hotter RS variant just yet – keep your fingers crossed that Ingolstadt gives the green light.