New Audi A4 2014 release date and rumours

19 Feb, 2014 12:59pm Jack Rix

Exclusive pictures and details of the new Audi A4, due for release in early 2015

The new Audi A4 2014, as we previously thought of it, will in fact go on sale in early 2015, with a reveal at some point later this year.

• We've driven the new Audi A4 - read the review here

Our exclusive images in the gallery above show the expensive and powerful Audi S4 model, but expect to see the bold new design for every model in the new A4 range. This new, updated Audi A4 will see the saloon and Avant estate getting an overhaul, but also the A5 Coupe, Cabriolet and five-door Sportback.

Audi A4 2014 price and release date

The next Audi A4 is likely to be revealed at the Paris Motor Show 2014, ahead of a launch at the start of 2015. As for the price, the new Audi A4 will probably cost around the same as the current model, which starts from £23,960, though there could be a small increase on account of the new equipment included.

New Audi A4 specs and technology

The main focus of the new Audi A4 will be on lightness and efficiency, with the new model being more economical than the current A4 but also a better driver's car. With the BMW 3 Series leading the market for drive enjoyment, this new model is Audi's chance to take that crown.

Alexander Pesch, head of technical project management for Audi, told us: “The next A4 will move the game on. The jump from today’s car in terms of design and efficiency will be really big.”

Smaller headlights and large air intakes will sit either side of a new grille design. The Crosslane Coupe Concept shown at the 2012 Paris Motor Show gave us a glimpse of how the new Audi front end will look and we expect the new A4 to be a toned-down version of that.

The new Audi A4 will have similar proportions to the current model, with sharp bodywork creases and distinctive LED lights not he front and back. A weight saving of around 100kg will mean the new A4 handles better and is more efficient, and is possible because the car will be based on the VW Group’s advanced MLB platform (bigger brother of the MQB set-up used by the A3 and VW Golf). This new architecture will underpin everything from the A4 to the new VW Touareg in 2016.

As with MQB, MLB will be made from strong hot-formed steels, allowing thinner chassis components to be used – and it reduces weight dramatically. A variety of materials can be used as well, so high-spec models could use aluminium or carbon fibre to cut weight further.

Audi A4 2014 engines

There will be big steps forward in hybrid tech, with two petrol-electric A4s likely. First up is a development of the A3 e-tron’s front-wheel-drive plug-in system, teaming a 2.0-litre petrol engine with an electric motor integrated into the DSG box.

The other hybrid is a more potent e-quattro system, with a petrol engine up front and two powerful electric motors on the rear axle, giving a different take on Audi’s trademark quattro 4WD.

The S4 will feature a reworked version of the current turbo V6, with around 350bhp, while the flagship RS4 Avant could ditch its 4.2-litre V8 in favour of a smaller turbo 3.0-litre V6 offering almost 500bhp. Alternatively, the 4.0-litre V8 that's used in the RS6 and RS7 models could be detuned for use in the RS4.

More powerful but less thirsty 1.8 TFSI and 2.0 TFSI petrol engines, plus 2.0 TDI diesels, will again make up the lion’s share of sales and many of the petrol engines will feature cylinder deactivation tech to boost fuel economy.

And the A4 saloon is just the start of the new family. Between 2014 and 2016, it’ll be joined by an A4 Avant, plus an A5 Coupe, Cabriolet and Sportback, using the same engines and underpinnings.

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Hold on, so this isn't just a facelift? Its actually an all new a4?!? Well you could have fooled me!! The back looks identical to the existing model!

Don't change something that ain't broke! Same as the new Golf, doesn't look much different but subtle changes here and there make all the difference.

Actually I can see a difference for once! A drop of imagination. Someone will be for the firing squad then.

I think 'radical new look' may be overselling the point somewhat. The only notable difference I can see if the relocation of the bonnet badge from the grille.

Of course that's what the difference is! Should have spotted it. That's one year's supply of imagination for Audi used up then.

I hope they sort out the stupid offset pedals in the manual

All they have done is change the front head lights, grill and rear lights. Bit like the current 3 series. If you look close enough the 3 series has a new front end and new rear lights. The middle section just looks the same as the previous model.

Every generation is supposed to be a 'driver's car' to match the 3 series....and it never is.

Doesn't look radical to me. Just another Audi, that will blend into the background like any other on the road. Would rather have a 3 series or new IS thanks.

Current S4/S5 has a supercharged V6 idiots, not a turbo.

Some corrections to this story... MLB is not new. MLB was developed by Audi before VW developed MQB... The current MLB is already lighter weight than it's predecessors... the newer version allows for more mix of materials - which is why it will become even lighter.

word to mother...!!!

500bhp? Ridiculous - E60 M5 power. Get an M3 - all the performance you need, without the cock-wafting image.

Another big gobbed ugly blob Audi. Technically excellent but inspiration free design.

It will still be overpriced German tat !

What an unexciting looking car.

What's radical about a car that looks like a shrunken A6?

And what's exclusive about the photos if you got them from AutoBild?

Turbo charged v6??? It's supercharged! Learn the car before you write about it.

MERCEDES CAN'T EVEN LICK AUDI (generally speaking, excl. S-Class;))

My wife drives a 2012 S4 and I have a 2011 BMW M3 and I believe the Audi is a better driving car. Besides the BMW is not driven near as much as it spends most of its time at dealership.

Dealer isn't even sure if they're going to offer it with a manual in the US in this next gen. That's disappointing if it turns out to be true.

Yawn. Boring, same as before with new headlights lol

Hahaha very funny.... I hope you have a liter of oil per 1000miles:) plus Audi is so dated...

It doesn't have to look radical so long as it has low emissions (which it will) and appears on the company list (again, it will). Job done, market share maintained or perhaps moved by plus 0.5 points. Big cheers!

You just described the 3 series.

You're an idiot. The 3oer was completely re-designed from the ground up...and is physically closer in size to an E39 5 series than the outgoing E90. There may be some resemblance but that's it. If you have a brain use it in future.