A prototype for a revised Audi A4 was sighted again.
The prototype is for the A4 Avant station wagon body style, but testers for the sedan should be on the way shortly. While Audi doesn’t offer the A4 Avant in the US, we still get the wagon body in A4 Allroad soft-roader guise.
The current A4, the B9, arrived for the 2017 model year and received a mid-cycle update for 2020. The redesigned A4, the B10, should arrive for the 2024 model year, meaning an early 2023 debut is likely.
The prototype is only slightly camouflaged in front. We can see that the design will be similar to the latest A3 but with a few more curves being introduced. Looking to the rear, it is noticeable that the roof line is more curved than on the current A4 Avant, resulting in a sportier look overall. Temporary lights on the back of testers mean we’ll have to wait for more advanced prototypes to get a look at the taillight design.
Inside, we’re likely to see an uncluttered dashboard topped by a single panel that includes both the instrument cluster and infotainment system. In addition, an advanced head-up display with augmented reality elements (e.g. navigation symbols) should be on offer.
Audi has confirmed it won’t introduce electric vehicles until 2026, meaning this will be the last A4 generation with a combustion engine. The platform was to be an updated version of the Volkswagen Group’s MLB Evo platform found in the current A4, meaning engines would be longitudinally mounted and there would be standard front-wheel drive.
2024 Audi A4 Avant spy footage – Photo credit: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
Expect all powertrains to be electrified, with either mild hybrid or plug-in hybrid technology. It’s not clear if diesel engines will be offered, although some could be in markets where the fuel is still popular.
Electric versions of the redesigned A4 are also believed to be coming, based on VW Group’s PPE modular EV platform, although the vehicles may feature unique styling treatments to differentiate them from the regular A4. Debuting in a compact crossover Audi Q6 E-Tron, the PPE platform will eventually spawn several electric vehicles across the VW Group’s portfolio of brands.
Interestingly, it has been reported that the redesigned A4 will be topped by two electrified RS variants developed by Audi Sport, one battery-electric and the other a plug-in hybrid. Stay tuned.