We are getting closer and closer to the launch of Audi’s all-new A4 (B9) which will go on sale sometime next year as a 2016MY. Seen here is a test mule wearing the body of the outgoing generation so it’s impossible to tell what has changed as far as the design is concerned. The vehicle was undergoing testing around the Nürburgring in Germany and chances are an Allroad version with a raised suspension and rugged looks is also in the works if we were to believe recent reports. However, this version probably won’t be available from day one.
Chances are a plug-in hybrid A4 is also planned and it will likely make use of a TFSI 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine matched with an electric motor. The conventional engine will produce 211 bhp whereas the electric motor will be good enough for 95 bhp, a setup which together with the battery pack will provide the A4 with an electric range of as much as 31 miles (50 km).
It is believed the 1.4 TSI engine will benefit from cylinder deactivation shutting down two cylinders in 36 milliseconds and slashing fuel consumption by 0.5 liters / 100 km. The cylinders will be shut down only during low and medium loads when the car doesn’t need all the power.