The Audi A4 is expected to receive a major redesign over the next couple of years, and with the smaller A3 now gaining a sedan model, it is being reported that the A4 might be getting a little breathing room for a more advanced design and improved technology and features. According to AutoBild, this would include a drop of more than 200 pounds in curb weight, updated cabin tech and a wider variety of drivetrain options.

AutoBild states that Audi is looking to upgrade just about every detail – inside and out – when it comes to the 2014 Audi A4, and this includes a next-generation MMI system that uses two digital displays. Extensive use of magnesium, aluminum and plastics will help shave an estimated 220 pounds from the A4's curb weight, and in terms of engines, it sounds like the usual array of forced-induction, small-displacement gas and diesel engines will be on tap, but a bigger V6 TDI and a plug-in hybrid powertrain are also mentioned.


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      jessesrq
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hope the interior styling follows the themes of the A6/A7. The materials are still premium, but the upright dash of the current generation is way behind the awesome interiors of the preceding A4s.
      rty
      • 1 Year Ago
      A4 B8 is the most reliable car in the class. Look at DEKRA and STFU.
      Ken
      • 1 Year Ago
      Worried they will 'subtract' the manual transmission as they did with the new A3/S3 :-(
        wave9x
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ken
        Thankfully we are getting the S3 DSG rather than the manual. The manual only is the main reason I didn't buy a Golf R.
          Brewman15
          • 1 Year Ago
          @wave9x
          @SaabStory I agree 100%. It\'s also extremely frustrating that certain options and engines are restricted if you want a manual transmission. My wife and I have been car shopping for something larger for our growing family. You can actually get the Mazda CX-5 with a manual, but if you opt for the manual it has to be the base model, front drive only (not AWD), and comes only in the wonderful colors of black, silver, and gray. The same goes with the new Forester as the new turbo engine cannot be had with a manual. I guess auto manufacturers assume that if you want a manual it\'s because it\'s the cheaper option and not that you just prefer a manual transmission.
          SaabStory
          • 1 Year Ago
          @wave9x
          This is always such a strange response to me?! If I want a car with an automatic, I can choose almost any vehicle my heart desires. And yeah, at the end of the day I still see DSG equipped cars as automatics not automated manuals. But, if I want a car with a true manual tranny, I am relegated to very few cars on the lower and upper ends of the price spectrum! So when I hear someone complain that they couldn't get one niche car with an automatic it's just baffling to me!
      • 1 Year Ago
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        Helix
        • 1 Year Ago
        Have you seen a new Avalon? It looks 2x more exciting than that Audi. Yes an Avalon.
          4RR4Y
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Helix
          Toyota's most exciting product in their entire US lineup *IS* the Avalon... Even still, when you compare it properly to cars like the A7, it pales in virtually all categories including comfort/luxury.
          Rr778
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Helix
          Now Audi just has to find people who will buy the A7 Station wagons don't sell we'll in volume
          Lachmund
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Helix
          the A7 is neither a station wagon nor does it sell bad. at least here in europe i see them quite regularly.
          Helix
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Helix
          Except you can buy 2 Avalons for the price of an A7. How is it a proper comparison? The A7 will never be worth 2x the price.
          Rr778
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Helix
          Lachmund In the USA A7 sales are not significant. And the A7 is clearly a station wagon. Like the 550 GT BmW it is a tough business case with limited sales. There are niche buyers out there. But they are limited in numbers.
        The Other Bob
        • 1 Year Ago
        Mark him down all you want, but that is a boring looking car. We should not be blinded from noticing how bland it is because has an Audi badge.
          vripper
          • 1 Year Ago
          @The Other Bob
          I couldn't agree more. It's been tough lately to distinguish between a VW and Audi.
      desinerd1
      • 1 Year Ago
      so the new overpriced Jetta will use more plastic?
        Lachmund
        • 1 Year Ago
        @desinerd1
        why can't anyone ban this troll already?!
        x23
        • 1 Year Ago
        @desinerd1
        the A4 and Jetta are completely different platforms. were you dropped on your head as a child? can't absorb facts or do the simplest of research due to some major brain deficiency now?
          Lachmund
          • 1 Year Ago
          @x23
          learn to think. learn to read. the you'll know.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @x23
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          Georg
          • 1 Year Ago
          @x23
          @qwefczhg the next troll know nothing about cars.... Passat (PQ46 )and A4 (MLB) are two different platforms... The last platform Passat and A4 shared was the PL45 back in 1994 (first used in A4 and from 1996 also used in Passat) in 2001 the A4 switched to the new platform which was only used by Audi for the A4 and the Passat swiched to a streched Golf platform called the PQ46. Since 2008 the A4 is based on the MLB platform only used by Audi and Porsche so far...
          desinerd1
          • 1 Year Ago
          @x23
          @qwefczhg No. A6 is overpriced Passat. And A8 is oversized overpriced Passat.
          desinerd1
          • 1 Year Ago
          @x23
          @x23 What's a "platform"?
      BarryH
      • 1 Year Ago
      When they gonna do a proper RWD and ditch their awful AWD/FWD nonsense?
        Lachmund
        • 1 Year Ago
        @BarryH
        just for your interest. the next A8 will share it's platform with the next panamera and will be RWD and AWD
        Hello, Brian
        • 1 Year Ago
        @BarryH
        Not sure if you know anything about Audi\'s history, but Audis always have drive wheels on the same end as the engine.
        Greg
        • 1 Year Ago
        @BarryH
        Quattro all wheel drive is Audi's big selling point. Why would they ditch that???
      Street King
      • 1 Year Ago
      How about adding what it really needs....a RWD based platform.
        montoym
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Street King
        It has a 50:50 bias on the A4, and rear-bias on the S4 and RS4 and the quattro system used on the A4's (and larger cars) starts with a longitudinal layout as well (a la a RWD vehicle). Other than not offering a straight, RWD version, there's not really nearly as much difference as you might think.
      Rr778
      • 1 Year Ago
      Audi does need to address its substandard hp/mpg per $$$ Weight reduction and that awful under steer and please due something about the torque steer, an Audi should handle better.
      SloopJohnB
      • 1 Year Ago
      If it adds a V8, ok. Otherwise, meh.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @SloopJohnB
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        kesando
        • 1 Year Ago
        @SloopJohnB
        I guess you had better save up for an RS4 then
        Jim
        • 1 Year Ago
        @SloopJohnB
        Twin turbo V6 is most likely to be the top engine the new A4/S4/RS4 will get.
        centexvic
        • 1 Year Ago
        @SloopJohnB
        Um...the previous S4 HAD a V8, it was dropped because the current supercharged V6 kills it in every category except the sound that comes out of the tailpipes. And if you want to drive fast without attracting attention and/or being mistaken for a boy racer, it wins that category also.
          JayP
          • 1 Year Ago
          @centexvic
          Harris had his S4 tuned and it came really close to the RS4. But Audi's V8s do sound spectacular.
        HollywoodF1
        • 1 Year Ago
        @SloopJohnB
        I always wonder what drives people to make this statement. My guesses are: Perception of more power/torque, Status of a V8, Acoustical reasons, Bad prior experience with forced induction. Am I missing anything?
      Rotation
      • 1 Year Ago
      Half the weight loss will come from making standard items optional so they aren't counted in the base weight. I'm saying comparable configs will actually be only about 100lbs lighter. That's my prediction. Still, dropping even 100lbs would be quite welcome.
        jtciti
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Rotation
        The weight loss from the C6 ->C7 A6 was ~300lbs (i would guess not including all the extras you mentioned), and it made a huge, huge difference in handling and acceleration. if the next A4 can achieve a proportionately similar diet, it will be a huge improvement.
        Hello, Brian
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Rotation
        Where did you get this information? I doubt that Audi is going to start decontenting cars to save weight. They were able to accomplish substantial weight reductions(about 300 lbs) with the current A6/S6 without decontenting. Why would you think that they will decontent to save 200 lbs on the A4?
        Street King
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Rotation
        Funny you brought this up, and its bang on. I was at an Audi dealer today doing some Sunday window shopping. The Audi dealer was part of an automall and I had just walked over from a Dodge dealership. I was looking into an S5 and though \"I see where Dodge got the idea for the new Charger interior, but how come they didn\'t put all those cool buttons down on the console like these (media, nav, radio etc)\". Then I though \"cost\". The more buttons and wiring they can reduce to the touch screen the cheaper they can sell the car for. If Audi is saying this will be weight loss, I don\'t know if I buy it lol.
          LW
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Street King
          touchscreen will probably never happen, since touchscreen is a really cheap way to design and mfg something, and if you are designing knobs and switches that has a feeling of solidity and heft, the last thing would be to mix that up with cheap touchscreens.
      • 1 Year Ago
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        montoym
        • 1 Year Ago
        Strange (or not), that you would choose to compare the weight of the current A4 with the older E-Class. Why not the current C-Class with which it competes? Oh, maybe because in that case, it's right in line? 2013 M-B C250 Sport - 3,428lbs 2013 M-B C300 4Matic - 3,726lbs 2013 Audi A4 Multitronic (FWD) - 3,509lbs 2013 Audi A4 Tiptronic (Quattro) - 3,685lbs So, if the A4 is an obese pig since it's heavier than an old E-Class, I guess the current C-Class is too right??
      KAG
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hopefully the stick shift will never die on the A4 and we get that V6 TDI with 250hp in the A4, then it would be perfect.
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