Next-gen Audi A4 details emerge, 2016 A4 Vario to rival BMW 3-Series GT - report

 Next-gen Audi A4 details emerge, 2016 A4 Vario to rival BMW 3-Series GT - report
2014 Audi A4 speculative rendering

Sedan and Avant arriving next year

German media is reporting Audi will expand the next-gen A4 lineup with a new member called "Vario".

It will be based on the long-wheelbase variant of the China-spec A4 and is most likely envisioned as a competitor for the BMW 3-Series Gran Turismo. The same source indicates a 2016 launch, following the arrival of the sedan and Avant versions next year.

The sedan will have a slightly longer wheelbase and is expected to lose approximately 100 kg (220 lbs). The S4 is said to make use of a V6 3.0-liter producing around 340 HP (250 kW), while lesser variants will be available with 1.4- and 2.0-liter TFSIs. The 1.4-liter (122 HP and 180 HP) is rumored to feature cylinder deactivation tech which will reduce fuel consumption by 0.5 liters / 100 km.

Diesel lineup will reportedly encompass a 2.0-liter TDI with 150 HP (110 kW) and 184 HP (135 kW), together with a V6 TDI generating 218 HP (160 kW) and 272 HP (200 kW).

A plug-in hybrid version is also apparently in the works with a 2.0-liter TFSI, an electric motor, lithium-ion battery and an eight-speed automatic transmission. Interestingly, this more frugal model will also have a second electric motor on the rear axle which will grant the car with a four-wheel drive system. These two electric motors will be providing an extra 136 HP (100 kW) combined.

Audi will also be updating the MMI infotainment system with a central rotary control featuring a touch-sensitive top providing support for multi-touch gestures. We should also expect programmable digital screens and a bigger head-up display.

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Comments (21)

 CReeds CReeds
Give S4 more power and less weight.
June 3, 2013 4:42 pm
 Garais877 Garais877
they need to make A4 Coupe to take down that M3 once and for all...
June 3, 2013 12:51 pm
 Microice Microice
where does that leave the A4 allroad and A5 sportback? and why do they keep making the A4 bigger?
June 2, 2013 6:04 pm
 porsche6616 porsche6616
Most probably have given up the hope that they will change their 20 years old design
June 1, 2013 10:50 pm
 Prestige15 Prestige15
Relax chaps, I do expect that this vario may very well be a baby A7
June 1, 2013 4:35 pm
 hunker7 hunker7
I'll wait for more information on all this. About 3series GT competitor, that is not offical as yet, and I want to see it.
June 1, 2013 4:04 pm
 dejeudoruzamfir dejeudoruzamfir
Who knows how it will draw in the end. maybe even be attractive.
June 1, 2013 3:08 pm
Please no 3/5 GT version !! Don't make that mistake.
June 1, 2013 12:30 pm
 tazcubed tazcubed
Why does Audi want to follow a hideous design such as the 3/5GT from BMW?!
June 1, 2013 10:55 am