A test mule of the next generation Audi A4 (B9) has been spotted testing in Germany around the Nürburgring.

A test mule of the next generation Audi A4 (B9) has been spotted testing in Germany around the Nürburgring.

Scheduled to go on sale sometime next year, the all-new Audi A4 can be seen here as a test mule wearing the body of the outgoing generation so there's nothing to report yet regarding its design but it will likely end up being a subtle evolution of today's model. Details about the model are scarce at the moment but previous spy shots have shown a test mule with an increased ride height indicating an Allroad variant is in the works.

There should be a frugal plug-in hybrid version equipped with a 4-cylinder, 2.0-liter TFSI rated at 211 bhp (157 kW) working together with an electric motor that will provide an additional 95 bhp (71 kW). This version is rumored to offer an all-electric range of 31 miles (50 km) and probably won't be available from day one.

It is believed the 1.4 TSI engine will benefit from cylinder deactivation tech shutting down two cylinders during low & medium loads. This will help cut fuel consumption by 0.5 liters / 100 km and the system will be capable of deactivating/activating the two cylinders in just 36 milliseconds.

On the inside, the 2016 Audi A4 will adopt a center console sourced from the facelifted A8 and combined with a configurable display derived from the third-gen TT but not as customizable as in the coupe. Other features should include a bigger touchscreen display with the latest MMI system as well as a digital screen built into the rearview mirror.

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