Just after it was photographed testing, the next-generation 2016 Audi A4 has been spied testing at the Nurburgring. 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. As for the Audi A4 plug-in hybrid, tentative suggestions indicate it could deliver 211 hp with a further 95 hp coming from the electric motor.
Additionally, the 2016 Audi A4 may be available with a small 1.4-litre TSI engine. This powertrain could feature cylinder deactivation technology which could cut two cylinders in as little as 36 milliseconds. Finally, it is believed that the next-generation Audi A4 will adopt a similar TFT display to the latest Audi TT.