2023 Audi A4 Avant spied, combustion engines will get electric assistance

The next-generation Audi A4 is still months away from its official debut, but our spy photographers keep capturing it during testing. The new model, which will be available in sedan and wagon versions, will get a complete makeover with a revamped powertrain lineup before Audi turns the model into an electric vehicle towards the end of the decade. The new shots show the A4 Avant.

The adjusted camouflage tries to hide the revamped styling of the wagon, but significant changes are visible. The grille is narrower, with a smaller opening underneath. The headlights also look narrower and the outer edges of the front bumper feature vertical vents. The car also appears to have sleeker door handles.

The rear resembles a wagon, although Audi did not install the car’s production taillights. Instead, replacement units break through the camouflage on an otherwise typical wagon rear end. A pair of unfinished tailpipes protrude from the lower bumper, hinting at something sporty under the hood.

The facelifted Audi will continue to use gasoline and diesel engines, but these will be the last in the car. Audi’s push towards full electrification includes the A4, which the company promises will be an electric vehicle by the end of the decade. However, the next-gen A4 could anticipate the transition by introducing an all-electric A4 E-Tron variant alongside the final combustion engine models, as such a model has not been ruled out.

Tighter emissions regulations mean Audi will electrify the car’s petrol and diesel engines. The B10 A4 will receive mild-hybrid technology and Audi will offer a plug-in hybrid variant that will become the high-performance RS4. There is speculation that Audi will drop the manual gearbox from the model with the next generation.

Audi hasn’t announced when the new A4 will debut, but we expect a reveal in early 2023. Our spy photographers only captured the wagon variant during testing, with no sedan anywhere. We expect to spot the four-door variant very soon, as development of the B10 A4 continues throughout the year. This will be the swan song of the model for combustion engines as the entire industry moves towards fully electric vehicles.

Kevin A. Perras