It looks like the next-generation Audi A4 will be retaining its internal combustion engines, including a turbodiesel option. Expected to be released in 2023, the German manufacturer will consider this premium sedan as a last hurrah for the ICE.
According to Auto Express, an all-electric model is a certainty for the next-gen Audi A4 but we may only see this by the end of the decade when the brand completes its transition into an EV only company. The sedan will retain the MLB platform but mild- and plug-in hybridisation will be offered throughout the range. The combustion engines will also be significantly updated.
Audi’s head of technical development, Oliver Hoffman, describes the upcoming engines destined for the Audi A4 as “the best we have ever launched”
“The development of the next generation of A4 is under way. We’ll offer that car, and the A6, for a lot of years. Production of the last new combustion-engined model will begin in 2025 and end with a normal lifecycle in 2033. But we will launch some models a lot earlier.”
It is understood that Volkswagen has been working on variable-section turbines within the current turbocharger. This will be designed to improve throttle response at low speeds while delivering higher overall power outputs. A higher pressure from the fuel injection can be expected as well.
Hoffman added that the new petrol engines will feature “more electrification, for sure, to meet the regulations”, and this is likely to include beefed-up 48V tech for the mild-hybrid versions and a larger battery, mounted on the rear axle, for plug-in hybrid versions.