Here’s what we know so far about the upcoming 2016 B9 A4 & S4. We expect Audi to unveil the cars in September at the International Motor Show Germany in Frankfurt. If the current timelines of the RS cars holds we should see an RS 4 two-years after. There’s a lot of speculation about the engine options. Most of the engine combinations listed below apply to Europe. However, for North American A4 we can expect two TFSI variants including an e-tron along with a TDI option.
The engine and gearbox options for North American are unknown to us at this point. We expect Audi to launch an all-new Nine-speed S-tronic. However, based on what we’ve heard, Audi of America is still a bit gun-shy about using the S-tronic gearbox across the board. The majority of American buyers still prefer the smoother torque-converted automatic. So the tiptronic option may live on for some configurations.
The all-new 190 hp 2.0 TFSI engine makes perfect sense for the North American market. It’s a good balance of performance and fuel economy with the possibility of up to 47 mpg. It would also be the perfect engine to pair with an e-tron hybrid system. However, we think the 252 hp 2.0 TFSI from the A6/A7 will find it’s way into the B9 A4.
We also think that the 190 hp 2.0 TDI quattro would be perfect for North America as it’s the perfect balance of power and fuel economy. It also pairs nicely with the upcoming quattro ultra system.
The most interesting of the TDI options is the new 2.0 TDI e-quattro. It’s apparently a plug-in hybrid with two electric motors. Together they will produce around 136 hp. The first electric motor is likely attached to the 190 hp 2.0 TDI via the transmissions with the second motor located in the rear axle. Audi has said that the Q7 TDI e-tron will be available in North America. So we hope that they also make the e-quattro an option here as well. It would be the perfect city car yet also great for weekends away.
The S4 will receive a slight bump form 333 hp to 340 hp and the new all new seven-speed S-tronic gearbox. While the horsepower increase is minimal. The predicted 220 pounds of weight savings with the new MLB Evo platform should really help the S4. Especially when combined with the new carbon-aluminum composite wheels, which will greatly, help to reduce unsprung mass at all four corners.
|Audi A4 TFSI|
|Audi A4 1.4 TFSI COD||125 hp||Six-speed manual|
|Audi A4 1.4 TFSI||150 hp||Six-speed manual / Seven-speed S-tronic|
|Audi A4 1.4 TFSI COD||180 hp||Six-speed manual / Seven-speed S-tronic|
|Audi A4 2.0 TFSI quattro||190 hp||Six-speed manual / Seven-speed S-tronic S-tronic|
|Audi A4 2.0 TFSI quattro||252 hp||Six-speed manual / Seven-speed S-tronic S-tronic|
|Audi A4 2.0 TFSI quattro (hybrid)||220 hp + 35 hp electric motor||Seven-speed S-tronic|
|Audi A4 3.0 TFSI quattro||333 hp||Seven-speed S-tronic|
|Audi A4 TDI|
|Audi A4 1.6 TDI||120 hp||Six-speed manual|
|Audi A4 2.0 TDI||125 hp||Six-speed manual / Seven-speed S-tronic|
|Audi A4 2.0 TDI||150 hp||Six-speed manual / Seven-speed S-tronic|
|Audi A4 2.0 TDI||177 hp||Six-speed manual / Seven-speed S-tronic|
|Audi A4 2.0 TDI quattro||177 hp||
|Audi A4 2.0 TDI quattro||190 hp||
|Audi A4 2.0 TDI||220 hp||Six-speed manual|
|Audi A4 3.0 TDI quattro||218 hp||Seven-speed S-tronic|
|Audi A4 3.0 TDI quattro||260 hp||Seven-speed S-tronic|
|Audi A4 2.0 TDI e-quattro||190 hp + 136 hp electric motors||Seven-speed S-tronic|
|Audi S4 3.0 TFSI||340 hp||Six-speed manual / Nine-speed S-tronic|
|Audi RS 4|
|Audi RS 4 2.9 TFSI||420 hp||Nine-speed S-tronic|
*New engines are displayed in bold
The interior on the B9 will be radically different than anything we’ve seen before in the A4. In 2012 during the media launch of the A7 in New York City I had the pleasure of talking to Audi designer Ulrich Beierlein. We talked not only about the A7 but future ideas. Beierlein told me the he had already started designing the B9 A4 interior and that he was working under the idea that an inexpensive car doesn’t need to have an inexpensive interior. As we can see the Audi designers has followed through with that. The A4 interior quality now matches that of the Q7.
There will most likely be two options for the drivers display. The traditional analog gauges with a larger A6/A7 like center display and also the full Audi virtual cockpit with MMI touch. The new system will be compatible with Google Auto and Apple Car Play.
The new MLB Evo platform should provide 220 lbs weight savings over the B8 A4 depending on the configuration. Which will increase fuel economy and driving dynamism.
Some notable expected innovations for the B9 A4:
AVC (Audi Variable Compression)
Audi Variable Compression was first used in the 1.4-liter TFSI engine. It adjusts the compression ratio of the engine to meet the current power and torque requirements.
EAV (electric driven compressor)
The E-loader eliminates turbo lag, by replacing the exhaust driven turbo, with an electric turbo to ensure precise acceleration and engine response.
quattro ultra (four-wheel on-demand)
The quattro system integrates deeply with the navigation system. Power is then only delivered to the rear wheels when the GPS data shows it will be necessary.
LBR (lightweight wheel)
The wheels of the new A4 consist of a light, but solid carbon-aluminum composite. Total weight savings: 20 to 25 percent.
The electric motor can take over while driving, recover energy during braking, and reduce the emissions of CO2.
ZFAS (central driver assistance ECU)
Uniting all assistance systems – including acquisition of infrastructure and real-time observation of other drivers. The system can perform tasks such as automatic parking to fully autonomous driving.
The latest in Audi infotainment it’s designed to keep up with the rapid pace of consumer technology.
[Sources: AutoGuide.com/AutoBild.de/Quattroruote Magazine]