According to an insider report from Motor Authority, a 2.0 TDI model will join the range, delivering 190 hp and 295lb-ft (400Nm) of torque. Quattro all-wheel drive will be standard and so should be the latest 7-speed S Tronic dual-clutch transmission. With these features and the latest fuel-sipping tech, we could see the first 40 mpg A4 ever.
Of course, Audi will not be entirely uncontested, as the segment already holds the BMW 328d in high regard. And let's not forget about the beautifully styled Mercedes-Benz C250 BlueTec, a model that's supposed to go on sale in 2016 too.
From the performance side of things, the next TFSI version of the next A4 will be interesting as well. Power for the 2-liter turbo will go up from 220 to 250 hp, while the twin-clutch gearbox will switch cogs faster than you ever could. The go-fast S4 will probably be available in 2016 too, while either the RS4 Avant or a new RS5 Sportback will the M3-rivaling goods. A new twin-turbo V6 has already been confirmed and should deliver anywhere between 420 and 500 horsepower.