Muscular and more aerodynamic; That’s what the next generation Audi A4 sedan promises to be
The next generation Audi A4 sedan scheduled to debut sometime in 2014, will be more muscular and much more aerodynamic than ever before. In India, Audi has just launched the 2012 A4, with a mid career facelift, that will have to fend off the F30 BMW 3 Series which, after a full model change, is just around the corner. Mercedes Benz had already updated the C-Class last year and the 2014 A4 now has its task cut out. In India, the A4 is a good seller. However, the same is not the case in its home market, Germany, where the BMW 3 Series and the Mercedes Benz C-Class both outsell the A4.
The 2012 Audi A4 sedan is expected to be more muscular than ever before. Now, that’s a welcome move as Audis generally look slab like, which is not surprising considering that Volkswagen owns this brand. Adding more muscle to the Audi A4, while making the car look sportier could also be a good differentiating factor when it comes to the looks of the car. Audi has been often accused of making cars that are very similar to each other; The current A4 and the A6 are cases in point. So, a more muscular look could do a lot to change this perception.
The German luxury brand also wants to make the car more aerodynamic, which means that plenty of wind tunnel testing could dictate the shape and curves on the new model. The 2014 A4 sedan will be based on the Volkswagen MLB platform. The MLB platform will be used on much off the Audi sedan range, from the A4 to the A8. This platform will be used for cars that come in front wheel drive and all wheel drive guises, with the engine being mounted longitudinally. This platform will allow Audi to build cars in shared facilities with Volkswagen, along with plenty of shared parts.
The engine range on the new Audi A4 is expected to retain a similar line up of petrol and diesel engines, with a higher emphasis on fuel economy. A hybrid variant of the A4 will be targeted at those who want higher economy. The 2014 A4 will eventually make it to the Indian market as well, a market in which its current variant is selling well. However, the hybrid variant of the A4 might not make it to India given the limited acceptance for such a car. That said, a lot of things can change by 2014. Watch this space.