Word in the domestic German pipeline is that Audi is planning to expand the A4 lineup for the next generation by adding a new variant called the “Vario.”
It’s described to be based off of the long-wheelbase A4 that only sees China’s market and is intended to be a direct competitor to the BMW 3-Series Gran Turismo. The usual range of four-cylinder gasoline and diesel engines are expected, with a top-end S4 donning a 3.0L V6 good for 340hp.
The base engines will range from a 1.4L to a 2.0L TFSI four-banger with standard cylinder deactivation. The diesels will reportedly be the usual mix of 2.0L TDI diesels producing 150hp or 184hp, with a top-end V6 TDI good for 218hp and 272hp.
A plug-in hybrid version will also be included and will use a 2.0L TFSI four-cylinder for its gasoline propulsion while the rest of the power is provided by an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery. Though a standard eight-speed automatic will still be the main drivetrain component. Additional electric motors will also be fitted to the rear axle to provide all-wheel drive. The motors are said to provide an extra 136hp combined.
As of now, rumor and speculation points to a launch date sometime in 2016.
– By: Chris Chin