Last month we learned Audi’s next-generation A4 could be with us by as early as next September, when it will reportedly debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in Germany. Those reports are looking increasingly more accurate, with development work on A4 prototypes coming along nicely, if new spy shots are any indication.
This round of photos comes to us from Autoevolution. The next-generation A4 looks like an evolutionary design from the old car and appears to adopt several styling cues from the 2016 TT, including but not limited to its headlights and grille shape. The bodylines are also sharper and more modern, giving the car a more refined look.
The 2016 A4 will ride on a short-wheelbase version the Volkswagen Group’s revamped MLB architecture, which will also underpin future VW and Porsche models. Autoevolution says the updated MLB platform will have improved strength and torsional rigidity, but will weigh up to 200 lbs less.
A4 models equipped with all-wheel drive will use a version of Audi’s new Quattro system. Rumors indicate the new Quattro system will use an electronic motor delivering up to 100 horsepower to spin the rear wheels, rather than a center-mounted differential. This would increase efficiency and may result in sharper throttle response.
There’s still plenty of work left to do on Audi’s 2016 A4, so check out the spy photos here for the time being.