This story comprises unbiased speculative illustrations created by Jean Francois Hubert/SB-Medien for CarScoops which are neither associated to nor endorsed by Audi.
We now have written many issues in regards to the next-gen Audi A4 Avant that’s anticipated to reach subsequent yr, however what’s the case with the extra conventional three-box bodystyle? The four-door sedan may rework right into a sexier and extra sensible five-door Sportback bodystyle, which if materialized may additionally function a alternative for the A5 Sportback, merging two fashions into one.
Beginning with the A4, the entire camouflaged prototypes caught by our spy photographers on the time of writing had the Avant bodystyle, with no reported sightings of a sedan. Nevertheless, we’re assured that Audi gained’t let the rival BMW 3-Sequence and Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedans unanswered, so it’s protected to imagine that an A4 with three-box proportions will arrive shortly. Nonetheless, with sedans getting sleeker rooflines and fastback fashions turning into extra widespread, Audi designers may provide you with an A4 Sportback as an alternative of a conventional sedan. Our associates Jean Francois Hubert/SB-Medien created a rendering of the hypothetical model giving us a greater thought of what to anticipate.
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The A4 Sportback would share your complete entrance finish with the A4 Avant, together with the aggressive matrix LED headlights, the huge Singleframe grille, the sculpted bumper with the triangular intakes, the huge entrance fenders and the distinctive bonnet. The variations would seem from the B-Pillar and again, with a dropping roofline and pronounced shoulders including extra drama into the combo. It might additionally share the identical dashboard with two separate screens – a smaller free-standing instrument cluster and a bigger central touchscreen for the infotainment.
Such a car can be very near the present A5 Sportback, making it out of date. Audi hasn’t given any details about the way forward for the A5 household, however rumors a couple of potential demise of the A5 Sportback are circulating the net since 2019. Merging the A4 sedan and the A5 Sportback right into a single model would make sense from a monetary standpoint, because the automaker tries to maintain each its ICE-powered vary whereas on the similar time providing BEV alternate options for each single line for the remaining a part of the last decade.
ICE-Powered And EV Fashions Add-Up To A Broad Rage Of Merchandise
We already know that the subsequent technology of the Audi A4 might be cut up into two separate fashions. The ICE-powered A4 that we have now been detailing might be primarily based on both an advanced model of the present model’s MLB platform or the rumoured PPC (Premium Platform Combustion) structure that’s stated to underpin the final combustion fashions from Audi. Then, there may also be a totally electrical A4 e-tron that might be primarily based on the fully completely different PPE structure and probably function a uniquely designed Sportback physique, much like the bigger A6 e-tron.
Having two separate fashions for every model line for another technology will considerably enhance the dimensions of Audi’s lineup. The automaker has already introduced it is going to axe the A1 and the Q2, however extra bodystyle variants may find yourself on the chopping block in an effort to liberate area and assets for the EVs. Thoughts you, the final model with a combustion engine might be unveiled in 2026, earlier than Audi turns into an EV-only model in 2033.
The fifth-gen Audi A4 debuted in 2015 and obtained a facelift in 2019. Likewise, the present second-gen A5 was launched in 2016 and was up to date in 2019. Which means that each fashions could possibly be changed at across the similar time, making it simpler to merge bodystyle variants. What we don’t know is whether or not Audi will go for a extra drastic resolution and discontinue your complete A5 vary together with the Coupe, Cabriolet, and Sportback, or hold the two-door fashions alive for another technology, combating towards the BMW 4-Sequence and the upcoming Mercedes-Benz CLE.
In any case, all bodystyle variants of the subsequent ICE-powered Audi A4 and A5 would share the identical platform and engine lineup. This would come with an up to date model of the mild-hybrid 2.0 TFSI petrol engine, a brand new plug-in hybrid powertrain with elevated EV vary, an electrified V6 TFSI for the S fashions, and a stronger plug-in hybrid setup for the performance-focused RS.
We count on to be taught extra in regards to the sixth-gen Audi A4 within the subsequent few months, and hopefully spot camouflaged prototypes with the three-box bodystyle in an effort to see the way it appears in actual life.
Illustrations by Jean Francois Hubert/SB-Medien