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

2014 Audi A4 speculative rendering
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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CReeds CReeds
Give S4 more power and less weight.
Jun 3rd, 2013 11:42pm
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Garais877 Garais877
they need to make A4 Coupe to take down that M3 once and for all...
Jun 3rd, 2013 7:51pm
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Dude von Dudenstein Dude von Dudenstein
That's called an A5.
Jun 3rd, 2013 8:13pm
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Garais877 Garais877
no A5 is more bigger and heavy and its not direct M3 competitor that's why there is M4 coming soon...
Jun 14th, 2013 2:41pm
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Microice Microice
where does that leave the A4 allroad and A5 sportback? and why do they keep making the A4 bigger?
Jun 3rd, 2013 1:04am
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porsche6616 porsche6616
Most probably have given up the hope that they will change their 20 years old design
Jun 2nd, 2013 5:50am
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hunker7 hunker7
Don't exaggerate
Jun 2nd, 2013 12:16pm
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Prestige15 Prestige15
Relax chaps, I do expect that this vario may very well be a baby A7
Jun 1st, 2013 11:35pm
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hunker7 hunker7
Wouldn't be a bad thing
Jun 2nd, 2013 1:56am
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liquid stereo liquid stereo
Isn't that the A5 Sportback? Please bring that to the U.S. Please, please, please. A5. SportBack.
Jun 2nd, 2013 2:11am
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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.
Jun 1st, 2013 11:04pm
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dejeudoruzamfir dejeudoruzamfir
Who knows how it will draw in the end. maybe even be attractive.
Jun 1st, 2013 10:08pm
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Please no 3/5 GT version !! Don't make that mistake.
Jun 1st, 2013 7:30pm
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tazcubed tazcubed
Why does Audi want to follow a hideous design such as the 3/5GT from BMW?!
Jun 1st, 2013 5:55pm
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tumbo tumbo
As ugly as the 3/5 GT are, they already got the sexy A5 Sportback, which basicly is a 3er GT competitor?
Jun 1st, 2013 6:41pm
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A5 sportback is not a 3GT competitor.
Jun 1st, 2013 7:33pm
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Gile Gile
A competitor to A5 sportback would be 4 series GrandCoupe
Jun 1st, 2013 10:59pm
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Ubbe Ubbe
Because they don't have any ideas of their own, thats why.
Jun 1st, 2013 10:37pm
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ValdesArtHouse ValdesArtHouse
Because monkey sees, monkey does. Whatever BMW does, they must attempt to match.
Jun 1st, 2013 11:38pm
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Kakumbaz Kakumbaz
Ubbe and ValdesArtHouse, remember the Audi Roadjet concept from detroit 2006 that was cancelled in favour of a Q5, and rumours of the Audi V series. That's what the Vario is all about, if it ever makes it to production. I hope you understand it has been long in the making, even before the 3gt..
Jun 2nd, 2013 12:09am
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pzxpjy pzxpjy
BMW 5GT got a success here in Mainland China.
Jun 2nd, 2013 7:18am
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