Next Audi A4 due in 2023, more powerful RS4 for hybrid
The next Audi RS4 is to be offered in two versions: hybrid and fully electric.
The next-generation Audi A4 sedan and Avant are expected to hit the market around 2023. The latest information suggests that they will offer a diverse range of powertrains that include all-electric models as well as internal combustion engine hybrids. In fact, the new midsize premium sedan will be built on two very different platforms. Autocar Reports.
According to the British publication, the fully electric versions of the next Audi A4 will be based on the Volkswagen Group’s new modular PSA architecture, which was developed for premium electric vehicles. PSA will also underpin the battery-powered A6, which was previewed Concept shape earlier this year.
According to Autocar, there will also be a more conventional internal combustion engine A4 based on a modified version of today’s MLB platform with a choice between mild hybrid and plug-in hybrid drives.
The best news, however, is that Audi is reportedly working on an RS4 variant that will keep the current vehicle’s 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6, albeit in combination with an electric motor. Although its output remains a mystery, Autocar suggests offering a little more than today’s 331 kW output.
However, the UK website suggests 350 kW of power for the RS version of the fully electric A4 e-tron. This will be equipped with a twin-engine quattro all-wheel drive, while the entry-level Audi A4 e-trons will be powered by a single electric motor at the rear.
Overall, Audi plans to have 20 fully electric models on the road by 2025.
The PSA architecture was developed in collaboration with Porsche and is intended to support a number of battery-powered premium models from the VW Group, including the next-generation Porsche Macan. Smaller and cheaper electric vehicles like the Volkswagen ID.3 and ID.4 as well as the Audi Q4 e-tronis still underpinned by the MEB architecture.