The next-gen Audi A4 is expected to be a step up than the current model and it will get a new range of petrol and diesel engines.
The future is electric and like many other automakers globally, even Audi is set for 100 per cent EV conversion in a decade or so. That said, it’s still over 10 yeas to go and in the meantime the German brand is not stepping away from developing new internal combustion engines (ICE) or petrol and diesel powertrains. The next-gen Audi A4 is expected to be a step up than the current model and according to Auto Express UK, will get a new range of petrol and diesel engines. While that’s exciting, the model is not going to make its switch to the new MQB platform which was speculated earlier, and will stick to the MLB platform.
Now the new range of powertrains will definitely be less polluting than previous units. The range will include mild and plug-in hybrids and will still be based on a new generation of petrol and diesel engines, as shared by Oliver Hoffman, Head of Technical Development – Audi who further described it as, “the best we have ever launched”. Speaking to Auto Express, Hoffman said, “The A4, which makes up around a fifth of Audi’s global sales, is a “super-important” model for the firm. The development of the next generation of A4 is under way and we’ll offer that car, and the A6, for a lot of years. Production of the last new combustion-engine model will begin in 2025 and end with a normal lifecycle in 2033. But we will launch some models a lot earlier.”
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So the new Audi A4 is expected to arrive by 2023 and while a diesel version will also be on offer, the EA888 2.0-litre, four-cylinder, turbocharged petrol engine from the Volkswagen Group will be the mainstay. Volkswagen is working on variable-section turbines within the turbocharger, designed to improve throttle response at low speeds while delivering higher overall power outputs. And a higher pressure of fuel injection too is expected. Hoffman also told Auto Express that the new petrol engines will feature “more electrification, for sure, to meet the regulations”, and this is likely to include beefed-up 48-volt tech for the mild-hybrid versions and a larger battery supported powertrain for plug-in hybrid versions where the battery pack is mounted above the rear axle.
Source: Auto Express UK