Volkswagen group owned German luxury car maker, Audi, plans to launch the next generation in the middle of 2014. The 2015 Audi A4 will be an all new car and is expected to come with a big host of improvements. Unlike the F30 BMW 3 Series sedan though, the next generation Audi A4 is expected to retain its exterior dimensions. This also means that Audi will not have another car to slot in between the A3 and the A4 sedans, much unlike BMW, which is planning a 2 Series model that will sit between the 1 Series and 3 Series luxury sedans.
A speculative render of the 2015 Audi A4 Luxury Sedan
The 2015 Audi A4’s styling is expected to see a major revamp given the fact that Audi is working on higher differentiation for its car range. The styling is expected to be much sharper than before with LED headlamps, two piece tail lamps and a boot spoiler. Apart from the new styling on the outside, the inside of the car is expected to gain a new center console, replete with a touch screen infotainment interface. Also, the instrumentation console will now be projected onto the windscreen by means of a Heads-Up-Display technology. Apart from looking super cool, the HUD will also improve safety by ensuring that the driver doesn’t have to take his or her eyes off the road to glance at the instrumentation console.
The 2015 Audi A4 will get cylinder deactivation technology. In a bid to cut down fuel consumption and tail pipe emissions, the Volkswagen group is betting big on cylinder deactivation technology across its model range. This technology will first made its debut on the Polo hatchback. The Polo BlueGT hatchback is the first mass market Volkswagen car to get the cylinder deactivation technology, closely followed by the latest Golf hatchback, which also gets this technology. While cylinder deactivation technology for 6 cylinder and 8 cylinder engines has been around for some time now, this technology is quite new to four cylinder engines.
So, the Volkswagen group is somewhat of a pioneer when it comes to implementing cylinder deactivation technology in four cylinder engines. The 1.4 TSI turbo petrol engine is what Volkswagen has chosen for cylinder deactivation. This engine, that produces 140 Bhp of peak power and 250 Nm of peak torque, comes with cylinder deactivation and will be used on the next generation 2015 Audi A4’s entry level variant. Apart from the 1.4 Liter turbo petrol engine, the 2015 A4 sedan is expected to get the 1.8 Liter TSI and 2 Liter TDI engines. Transmissions will include 6 speed manual and 7 speed dual clutch automatic options.