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Next Generation Audi A4 To Cross The Stage In Frankfurt

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On: Wed, Mar 11, 2015 at 1:56PM | By: Carl Malek

Next Generation Audi A4 To Cross The Stage In Frankfurt

Looking to steal sales from rivals such as BMW, Mercedes, and Cadillac, Audi has revealed that it is preparing to introduce the next generation Audi A4 at the 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show in September.

While Audi did not release a formal announcement regarding the A4's possible debut at this event, the proposed reveal date was provided by Audi Development boss Ulrich Hackenberg in comments that he issued to the website Indian Autos Blog ahead of the Geneva Auto Show. Hackenberg kept his answer brief and to the point stating, "You'll be happy to see it... at least in Frankfurt."

This recent announcement also follows up on a report that was released over a year ago which revealed that both the A4 and the Q7 were delayed virtually at the last minute due to styling changes and other tweaks that were reportedly ordered by both Hackenberg and former chief designer Marc Lichte, the man who helped pen the Audi Prologue concept.

Formal details regarding the upcoming A4 are scarce, but the new four door is expected to use Volkswagen's new MLB Evo platform which promises to bring sharper handling and refinement to the A4's underpinnings. Regardless of which bodystyle is used, the next generation A4 will be noticeably lighter than its predecessor, thanks to extensive use of aluminum as well as other weight-saving materials to help improve acceleration and fuel efficency figures.

Reports also suggest that Audi will offer a diverse range of engines with several plug-in hybrid options in the works. Look for an electrically operated version of the familiar all-wheel drive system to also make its way into the A4. Hackenberg claims that more technical information will be released closer to the A4's debut, though we will not be too surprised if the first wave of information is not released until either late summer or early fall.



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