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Details are starting to emerge on the 2014 Audi A4. According to reports, the A4 will ride on Audi's lightweight MLB Evo platform, enabling the vehicle to weigh 300 pounds less than the current A4. Despite the reduced mass, the next-gen A4 is expected to grow in size to battle the enlarged BMW 3 Series.

Engine options are still unknown, but we'd expect to see the oil-burning TDI continue to be offered and some gasoline engines will surely be available. To improve fuel efficiency, several of the A4 variants will reportedly be equipped with stop-start technology.

If that's not eco-friendly enough, the 2014 A4 is rumored to be offered in plug-in hybrid form, with an electric motor powering the rear axle and a fossil fuel-burning engine spinning the front wheels. Word is the plug-in A4 will be able to travel up to 37 miles on electricity alone. Additionally, this setup will be a through-the-road all-wheel-drive hybrid system dubbed e-Quattro. Sound good?


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      Dan Frederiksen
      • 3 Years Ago
      2014 is code for you sheep wont remember this rumor 2 weeks from now let alone in 2014 when it doesn't happen..
        guyverfanboy
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dan Frederiksen
        Seriously now? Obviously it will happen!
          Dan Frederiksen
          • 3 Years Ago
          @guyverfanboy
          how do you figure? based on the many promises in the past that VW kept? I'm still waiting on my 2010 VW 1L. maybe you got yours..
      guyverfanboy
      • 3 Years Ago
      So how about a plug-in hybrid Audi A7? :P
      Spiffster
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sounds good, but sounds expensive too...
      • 3 Years Ago
      Europe should be well supplied with capacious through the road wagons, with this and the 5008, and the Peugeot 3008 a bit smaller. Eat your hearts out, Yankee dogs! :-)
      Mike
      • 3 Years Ago
      Make an A4 Avant PHEV, and I'm there. I'm still pissed that Volvo took the V70 off the market before I could buy one. The V60 PHEV should beat the A4 to market, but I'm not sure it's big enough for my family's needs. Hopefully the 2014 A4 Avant will be as big as my '01 Passat Wagon. This IMA style FWD ICE with RWD EV with plug-in just makes sense, especially for a wagon. You get AWD without any drive shaft and you can completely shut down the ICE under electric drive. The main difference from a mild hybrid or Toyota HSD is that you need all the accessories like A/C to be electric.
        skierpage
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Mike
        A through-the-road hybrid like this is not "IMA style". Switching to all-electric accessories is worth doing even for a mild hybrid. It's more efficient, the bigger battery can power them, and it gives the energy from regenerative braking something to do.
          skierpage
          • 3 Years Ago
          @skierpage
          @Mike, Toyota's "complicated planetary system" is a reliable e-CVT that replaces the complicated conventional transmission attached to the engine and ensures the engine can run at optimum speed and load most of the time. No other approach has equaled it, I doubt through-the-road will either when running all or partly on the engine. Through-the-road may turn out to be a fine approach for a mostly-electric, plug-in hybrid, especially if both power sources can operate together flat out for performance fans.
          Mike
          • 3 Years Ago
          @skierpage
          My point was that with a through-the-road PHEV, you don't need the complicated planetary system like the Prius and Fusion. You can use one motor/generator directly coupled to the ICE and one driving the other axle. Whether the motor/generator is sandwiched like IMA or belt driven like GM mild hybrids doesn't really matter because they do the same thing. The strong EV-mode motor is on the other axle anyway.
      goodoldgorr
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is a secondary project from audi already postponed to 2014, i don't really consider it. Their main project already started but hided by journalists and united nations( big oil ) is the audi energy from windmills also postponed by audi but scheduled for the next article in 2013. We live in a small medieval world