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First Clear Photos of 2016 Audi A4 B9 Show Headlights, Interior

It seems the all-new Audi A4 won't wait until the Frankfurt Motor Show this fall to debut, likely making its arrival in April at the Shanghai Auto Show instead. Three pictures of a completely undisguised model were released today by a Chinese website and show a somewhat disappointing new compact executive car. What's not surprising is the source of these photos, considering that China is a huge marget for the A4.
2016 Audi A4 B9 5 photos
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First let's look at the frontal end, where the headlights installed on the prototype appear to be the Xenon Plus system with LED accents at the top. There should also be a full-LED setup, just like on the cheaper A3 models. The air intake at the bottom is shaped aggressively, which suggests this is the S line model. Overall, the styling is discrete and similar to the new Q7.

It's the same story inside, where the new Audi chief designer appears not to have worked any magic. There's a small screen perched on top of the dash, just like on the C-Class, while the number of buttons has been reduced but not excessively. A simple and small MMI controller has been placed in front of the new gear shifter, which appears chunkier and more solid. Audi customers are likely to appreciate the interior more than the body design.

After being in production for two decades, the A4 sedan has proven to be a crucial part of the Audi arsenal. The new model has been developed using the MLB Evo platform and should weigh around 100 kg (220 lbs) less than its predecessor.

Recent reports have painted a rather complex image of the engine range which will be available on the A4. The base model will apparently be a 125 PS 1.4 TFSI with Cylinder on Demand, likely belonging to the ultra family. A 180 PS version of the same block will also be made available in combination with the first 9-speed automatic used by an Audi.

The tried and tested 2-liter TDI will have 5 setups: 125 PS, 150 PS, 177 PS, 190 PS and 220 PS. New plug-in hybrid tech will also be shown on the A4 e-tron, which is said to combine the 190 PS 2.0 TDI with two electric motors making another 136 PS for a grand total output somewhere around 300 PS.
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About the author: Mihnea Radu
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Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
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