- The A4 range could start with hybrid assistance or fully electric propulsion
- Top of the line RS4 will likely keep gasoline engine paired with electric motor electric
- The new A4 is based on a new version of its aging MLB architecture
The Audi A4 and RS4 are slated to receive E-Tron treatment, with both fully electric and hybrid versions expected by 2023.
According to a report by UK website Autocar, insiders near Ingolstadt say the next generation A4 will use a revamped version of the MLB platform that will be modified to allow the use of hybrid engines in the model range while the fully Die The electric variant will use the Premium Platform Electric (PPE) architecture developed jointly with Audi, Porsche and Volkswagen.
The transmission options will be reduced to either a seven-speed dual clutch or eight-speed torque converter automatic, as the manual option is to be completely removed from the offer.
The long-standing EA888 four-pot turbo engine is subject to further changes in order to meet the increasingly stringent Euro emissions standards and is combined with one of two hybrid systems; either a mild hybrid with pure on-board charging or a plug-in hybrid option that enables the car to be powered solely by the electric motor.
For the top-of-the-line RS4, the plug-in hybrid will retain the 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 of the existing variant, which is supported by an electric motor that increases the already impressive 331 kW / 600 Nm, while it is thought that the all-electric RS4 E-Tron could produce 350kW / 800Nm with a double motor.
The hybrid drive comes either from a 48-volt system in the mild hybrid version or from the 14.4 kWh lithium-ion battery from Audi, which is also used in the Q5, A6 and A7 in the plug-in hybrid Version can be found. The 800-volt architecture of the E-Tron is expected to enable a range of up to 700 km and 270 kW charging power from a DC charger.
Audi will continue to offer the A4 either as a sedan or station wagon with dimensions similar to the current model to shape the A5 to set it apart from its hybrid sibling.
Additional functions will be available in the BMW 3 Series and the rival of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, from rear-wheel steering and adaptive dampers in some variants to new semi-autonomous driving technologies and near-field communication (NFC) in others. so that payments for things like fuel from the car can be made via the MyAudi app.
The new A4 is expected to hit the European market in 2023, with the E-Tron variants appearing in showrooms as rivals to the Tesla Model 3 in 2024, followed by the RS versions.
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