New Audi A4 2015: price, release date & specs
New Audi A4 to fight back against ever-improving rivals from BMW and Mercedes
Audi is preparing for the launch of the new Audi A4 saloon, which is due to go on sale next year and will compete with the Mercedes C-Class and BMW 3 Series along with the forthcoming Jaguar XE. The new model will get Audi's single-frame front grille – as seen in the Audi Crossover concept (pictured) – a plush new interior, the latest engines, and a lightweight construction for excellent economy figures.
New Audi A4 2015 styling
The nature of the small executive car class means that we are unlikely to see any radical changes to the A4's styling. The car will feature Audi's new metal-framed grille, with polished metal rungs, as seen in the Audi Crossover concept. Its front end is thought to closely resemble the new A4.
The latest in light technology will allow Audi to make the headlights smaller for a more striking design, but whether the car will be available with the company's powerful, but expensive, laser lights is unclear. In profile, the changes will be less obvious and the A4 will keep the current model's tall shoulder line and creases down its flanks. The rear will get distinctive LED taillights and twin exhaust pipes.
Initially, the new model will be offered as a four-door saloon, but an Audi A4 Avant estate and Audi A5 coupe will follow soon afterwards.
New Audi A4 2015 price & release date
Audi could try and steal the show from its Jaguar XE rival by pulling the covers off the new Audi A4 at the Paris Motor Show, which has long been earmarked for the Jaguar's public debut. In the hyper-competitive small executive class, Audi is unlikely to raise the A4's price significantly from its current £24,380 starting point.
New Audi A4 2015 interior & specs
With the Mercedes C-Class bringing new levels of luxury to cars of this type, Audi will be keen to reaffirm itself as the builder of the best interiors in the small executive class. It only has to look at the new Audi TT – which features lots of clever tech – for plenty of inspiration.
The most striking feature of the new TT's interior is the digital display, where you would normally find conventional dials. Aside from looking hi-tech, it can perform dual roles – for example displaying analogue dials, before flicking to a rear-view camera display when reverse is engaged. Another feature of the TT are air vents fitted with their own individual controls. They allow each passenger to customise the air-conditioning's settings and in the A4 the system could extend to the rear seats.
The car will also come with the latest generation of Audi's MMI infotainment system – which uses a touchpad and voice commands to control the car's systems. It would cut down on buttons and combine with high-quality plastics and classy metal trim to make the new model an even nicer place to sit.
New Audi A4 2015 technology & engines
Lowering running costs will be a top priority, with Audi's head of technical project management telling our sister magazine Auto Express: “The next A4 will move the game on. The jump from today's car in terms of design and efficiency will be really big.”
Of massive importance will be a lightweight new construction. The 2015 Audi A4 will be all-new underneath, using a larger version of the new Volkswagen Golf's underpinnings. Hot-formed steels that are super strong mean Audi can make lighter components. Aluminium is also likely to be used, while high-end models could feature carbon fibre – the same material used to construct Formula 1 cars.
Audi A4 2015 engines
Diesel engines are set to be the most popular with UK buyers and the new A4 will use the 1.6 and 2.0 litre engines from across the existing Audi range. They're currently capable of fuel economy of up to 74mpg and CO2 emissions of 99g/km, making them free to tax.
The Audi A4 will feature a range 1.4, 1.8, and 2.0-litre petrol engines, which could use Audi's cylinder deactivation technology. It rests half the engine when the extra power isn’t needed. Audi is also developing a new design of engine that would cut down on noise and vibrations, with no negative effect on fuel economy.
There are though to be two hybrids on the way. One uses the Audi A3 e-tron's 1.4-petrol engine that's boosted by an electric motor. The other has grippy four-wheel drive, with a petrol engine to power the front wheels and electric motors to turn the rear wheels. Both should beat London's congestion charge and be extremely cheap to run.