Audi is fully promoting electrification, but the latest news shows that the next generation Audi A4 will still stick to the internal combustion engine. The new car is expected to be put on the market in 2023 and continue to use the MLB platform of B9, but the new generation of gasoline and diesel engines have a higher degree of electrification, including the introduction of light hybrid and plug-in hybrid models.
According to Oliver Hoffman, head of Audi’s technology development, A4 sales account for about one-fifth of Audi’s global sales, and its importance can be seen. “The next generation A4 is under development,” Hoffman said. “The production of Audi’s last new internal combustion engine will start in 2025 and end in 2033, but we will launch some new cars before that.”
The release time of the next generation Audi A4 is in line with the above official statement, that is, the new car will still be equipped with internal combustion engine. Although there is also a diesel version, most models will use the redeveloped version of Volkswagen’s classic EA888 2.0T engine. It is reported that Volkswagen’s main force point lies in the variable section turbine of the turbocharger, which aims to improve the low-speed throttle response and improve the overall power output. In addition, the injection pressure is expected to increase again. This new engine will be able to match 48V light hybrid and plug-in hybrid realized by rear axle motor.
From the exposed renderings, the next generation Audi A4 basically maintains the existing body proportion. It is expected that the vehicle length will only increase by a few millimeters, while the wheelbase will basically continue to use cash; The appearance design is inspired by Audi’s latest e-tron electric mass production car and A6 e-tron concept car, including honeycomb hexagonal mouth and tearful eye headlights. Internally, the new car has fewer physical buttons and reduces the area of the center console.
As for the pure electric version of the next generation Audi A4, it is expected to be released by 2025, either using the improved version of the PPE platform under the upcoming Q6 e-tron, or using the SSP architecture of the Volkswagen Group, and the competitors are locked in BMW I4 and Tesla Model 3.
Editor’s comments: the retention of internal combustion engine in the next generation Audi A4 is good news for Audi fans. Although EA888 is used in many models of Volkswagen and Audi, this classic engine has great potential and still has great advantages in today’s electrification. For more information about Audi A4, please pay attention to the follow-up reports.