The A4 has been a major car for Audi. Prior to the arrival of the Q3 cross-over, the first Audi you could buy in India was the A4. The next entry-level sedan being the yet to arrive A3. Audi India sold over 10000 vehicles in the year 2013 and a lot of them were A4’s. However, the sedan has now been long overdue for a change, especially since Mercedes-Benz and BMW have upped the ante.
The 2015 Audi A4 is slated for its reveal in the first quarter of 2015. After having a look at the soon to arrive A3 sedan, one thing is certain. The 2015 A4 will have very aggressive styling. The car will most likely forego the curves, making the car as angular and edgy as possible. Not only will this make the car more aggressive aesthetically, but the new car will also be more aerodynamic.
The new A4 is expected to go all out with the LED’s and go beyond the day-time running LED’s that Audi popularized. The head and tail lamps, interior ambient lighting will all see the LED treatment. The car’s aggressive styling will be the crux of comparison for the future of Audi’s design aesthetics. Wolfgang Egger, now the ex-head of Audi’s design team is no longer at Ingolstadt’s product team and was reassigned to Italdesign Giugiaro.
Mercedes-Benz is turning the C-class into a smaller S-Class, so it is undergoing a bombardment of luxury. The BMW 3-series has been raking in the awards globally and is doing well in India as well. The BMW 3 Series starts at around Rs 30.7 lakh, the Audi A4 starts at around Rs 28 lakh and the Mercedes-Benz C-class comes in at around Rs 32 lakh. Internationally the A4 also competes with the likes of the Lexus IS and Cadillac ATS.
The next A4 will be among the first vehicles to make use of the second-generation, Audi-developed MLB (Modular Longitudinal) architecture. This platform will be the new blueprint for the rest of the Audi range, including the coming editions of the A6, the A8 and the A5 coupe. The next generation A4’s engine options may include a 1.4 and 1.8-litre petrol and a 2.0-litre diesel.