Tired of occupying the third step of the podium, the Audi A4 is preparing for major changes for its next generation. More aggressive style, rechargeable hybrid powertrains, unrecognizable dashboard: discover what awaits this wagon.
With the current success of SUVs, the battle for German "premium" family sedans sometimes seems to be a thing of the past. However, this category remains important for the three manufacturers concerned, who still make significant profits there. But Audi no longer hides its disappointment regarding the sales figures of the current A4, which has invariably been dominated since its release in 2015 by the Mercedes C-Class and BMW 3-Series. After a facelift already visible enough, last year, the brand is therefore preparing a new style change quite significant for the next generation, scheduled for 2022. A true admission of failure for a builder so long a follower of conservatism!
Like the compact A3, the family wagon with the Rings will become much more aggressive, with more piercing headlights, with a more elaborate light signature, an enlarged and lowered grille or a flatter and more ribbed hood. The future e-tron GT electric sedan will also serve as an inspiration, with its sides hollowed out just behind the front wing. In short, it will be necessary to be in bad faith to confuse this future A4 with its predecessor, while the doubt was allowed on the current generation. As for the Avant station wagon, which carries out most of the registrations in Europe and is used here for our illustration, it will obviously benefit from the same shock treatment.
The plug-in hybrid finally arrives
The other fault to be corrected quickly, at a time when diesel is constantly declining, is the absence of any rechargeable hybrid engine. This technology will therefore be one of the priorities for the next generation. It could even equip the majority of the range, and offer 100% electric autonomy sometimes exceeding the 50 km mark. The interior will also be redesigned in depth, with a more angular dashboard and two touch screens like on the large A6 and A8. But this new A4 will still have a lot to face the new C-Class, launched in 2021 and equipped with a giant slab evoking both the S-Class and Tesla productions.