The new updated Audi A4 model will likely be revealed at the Paris Motor Show this year.
The main focus during the upgrade has been on lightness and efficiency, to make the new model more economical than the current A4 but also a better driver's car. At the moment, BMW is leading the market for drive enjoyment with their 3 Series although high liuxury sports brands such as Bentley amongst others reign above them, just not in terms of sales.
Big steps are being made in hybrid engine technology and the new Audi A4 is likely to be offered with a petrol electric engine. The hybrid engine is likely to be either a development of the A3 e-tron's front wheel drive plug in system, which teams a 2.0 litre petrol engine with an electric motor integrated into the DSG box, or the more potent e-quattro system, which involves a petrol engine up front and two powerful electric motors on the rear axle.
Smaller headlights and large air intakes have been added alongside a new grille design, with the new A4 expected to look like a toned down version of the Crosslane Coupe Concept shown at the 2012 Paris Motor Show.
The new model will have similar proportions to the current model, with sharp bodywork crease and distinctive LED lights on the front and back.
The new model will be 100kg lighter than the current, meaning it will handle better while being more efficient. This weight-loss is possible thanks to the car being based on the Volkswagen Group's advanced MLB platform, which will underpin everything from the A4 to the new VW Touareg in 2016.
Head of technical project management for Audi, Alexander Pesch, commented, “The next A4 will move the game on. The jump from today’s car in terms of design and efficiency will be really big.”
From this year until 2016, Audi plan to release an A4 Avant, A5 Coupe, Cabriolet and Sportback using the same engines and underpinnings.
The 2014 model is set for reveal this year but won't be released until early 2015. When the new Audi A4 model goes on sale, price is expected to start at around £23,960 which is the start price for the current A4 model.