The next-generation Audi A4 has been snapped testing for the very first time ahead of a launch in the second half of next year. The new A4 will have to rival the recently updated BMW 3-Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class models.

While the following prototype was wearing the same body and interior as the current Audi A4, this prototype is believed to be riding on the second-generation MLB platform. This new platform will be extremely scalable and will weigh significantly less than the current architecture.

One of the most exciting things about the new A4 is that it will be available as a plug-in hybrid for the first time. As we speak, BMW and Mercedes-Benz are both working on hybrid versions of the 3-Series and C-Class. Elsewhere, the current 2.0-litre TFSI engine is likely to be maintained for the next-generation Audi A4.

[Via Carscoops]

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