Next-Gen Audi A4 to Get Plug-In Hybrid Setup


2015 Audi A4

2015 Audi A4

Iron Man Wants a PHEV Audi A4

Iron Man Wants a PHEV Audi A4

According to Autocar, Audi’s next-generation A4 will be offered with not one, but three plug-in hybrid setups.

The next-gen A4, due in 2015, will take on the fuel-efficient competition by turning to the plug.

Gas, diesel and plug-in hybrid A4s will all be offered as Audi looks to fend off BMW.

Autocar says that the plug-in variants of the A4 will offer up to 31 miles of electric-only range.

It’s believed that the plug-in variants of the A4 won’t arrive until sometime in 2016.  If Autocar is accurate, then 3 plug-in hybrid A4s could eventually appear:

“Audi has three plug-in hybrid drivetrains under development, all based around a common electric drive arrangement that uses a 110bhp electric motor housed within the gearbox casing. Engines to be mated to the technology include the 220bhp 2.0-litre petrol, 180bhp 2.0-litre diesel and a 250bhp version of the supercharged 3.0-litre V6.”

We see no reason why Audi needs 3 plug-in A4s, as one will surely suffice.  The more the merrier though, right?

Source: Autocar

Category: Audi


15 responses to "Next-Gen Audi A4 to Get Plug-In Hybrid Setup"
  1. MrEnergyCzar says:

    Will 4WD be an option?


    1. miimura says:

      Will (non Allroad) Avant be an option?

  2. Spec says:

    Audi . . . car of the movie Iron Man. Tesla . . . car of the real-life Iron Man. 😉

  3. Rick Danger says:

    Rather than offering different electric motor or battery sizes, Audi offers 3 different ICEs.

    They have learned nothing. Like BMW, GM, and just about all the rest, they remain wedded to old-fashioned ICE tech.

    “It’s believed that the plug-in variants of the A4 won’t arrive until sometime in 2016.”

    Tesla’s Gen III will be right behind the A4 PHEV. ‘Bye Audi…..

    1. Spec says:

      It is really hard for these auto companies to completely change their nature. They just can’t seem to do it. Even when they make a good attempt like BMW seems to have with the i3 . . . it comes out weird looking and is designed from the ground up as a PHEV not EV.

    2. MTN Ranger says:

      At least with BMW, you can get the choice of a BEV or a EREV with the i3.

    3. JS says:

      Gen 3 isn’t Tesla’s priority, its expanding Model S to new markets and their next priority after that is the Model X. Tesla has yet to offer us anything that isn’t twice the price of the average new car, or a network that will let me drive 300 miles from my house without serious delays. GM has built 2 models (Spark EV and Volt) that the average Joe can buy now, not in 2016. Tesla has built 2 models that the average person cannot afford, and they are working on their 3rd that fits that pattern with the model X. For all the money you pay for a Tesla you can’t actually drive it like you can with a Volt to wherever you want to go, without renting something or buying a 2nd car. Want to visit Yellowstone, Moab, or Mt. Rushmore? Good luck in your Tesla for the next few years. Commute every day all EV, take a trip when you want without the need to manufacture a 2nd car — I like that GM, and hopefully BMW, offer that soon.

    4. David Stone says:

      Rick, they are learning, but their customers are not.
      They offer what they can sell; if they made more evs, they would lose the majority of their sales.

      Tesla has nothing to lose and everything to gain.
      The incumbents surely are not as forward thinking, but then, they can not risk everything that they have gained on something which still is percieved very negatively by the general public.

      Don’t believe me?
      Just check out the comments on other sites under any ev article, such as:

      I wish the transition to evs would happen sooner, but the reality is that people are not all that smart.

      1. JS says:

        I can’t afford it at $62k+ car, especially if it doesn’t serve the purpose of the one it would replace. I have an advanced degree, I work hard, and earn an above average income in my area. I’m just wondering, do you think that because I can’t afford a Tesla that I have not learned something that you have? Seriously I’m all ears.

        I could be wrong, but my hunch is that there are only so many people that can afford a $62k car, plus money for another car or for the planned and unplanned times that its range won’t cover where I need to go. If Tesla delivers a $35k car, prior to tax credits I may very will buy. They have not. I see the talk about an affordable model as just talk, perhaps to keep people investing, but not anything I can bet will really happen. Maybe I’m being too pessimistic though..

        I am likely to replace a car soon. I see value in what GM offers — the Volt is something I can afford now. It could replace a car that primarily does city driving, and gets is only getting me in the low 20’s doing that. Alternatively, I could do over 90% of my driving EV with a Volt. I can take it a longer trip every other month or so and get around 40mpg doing so (much more if I plug in overnight where I stop). I see it as a good option. The Leaf may be an option too, I’d just need to occasional factor in some rentals 5-6 times a year, but it wouldn’t increase my EV miles over the Volt. Tesla has not offered anything realistic. I don’t see this 3rd gen model much different than Audi/VW’s promises that come and go.

        1. David Stone says:

          “I wish the transition to evs would happen sooner..”

          I never said transition to the Model S; I have test-driven one, but I also, despite an academic degree in engineering, can not afford one.

          I don’t even mean not smart for not going out and buying a new ev.
          I can’t afford one of those either, particularly considering how little I drive.

          I mean people how buy a new car and would never consider an comparative ev.

      2. JS says:

        “I wish the transition to evs would happen sooner, but the reality is that people are not all that smart.”

        By the way, I’m all for driving electric. I signed up early for the Leaf, and pre-ordered with a deposit. I would have been one of the first couple hundred to get one. When it came in, I made the call that it wasn’t in my best financial interest to do so. There were no deals to be had at the time, unlike now. My income is on the West Coast. I have family in Montana that I would like to be able to visit, and care for. Some trips are planned, some are not. The Leaf and Model S have there downsides for me. The Model S is not in my budget.

        I like reading this site, but some of the comments within the articles seem pretty snobby. I get the impression that if I don’t buy a Tesla or a Leaf, I’m considered to be not as intelligent.

        1. Josh says:

          I would disagree and say that the general consensus on this site is, if it has a plug, its good. With Audi specifically, there is frustration amongst most of us that they just keep announcing, then canceling plug-ins.

          In regards to your Tesla comments, I think if you drive a Model S and a Volt side-by-side, you would agree that the two cars do not compete with each other. Just like a Porsche Panamera does not compete with a Chevy Camaro.

          And just because Model S is extremely expensive, does not mean that there is no market for it. They sold over 10k in the first half of the year, which is comparable to LEAF and Volt. It just adds another segment to the list of plug-in vehicles. It just happens to garner most of the attention, like most expensive cars do.

          If you think of it a different way, and put all the plug-ins in the market together as a separate brand. The Model S would be the flagship vehicle. It will get people interested in plug-ins, and they may end up with a LEAF, Volt, PiP, or another vehicle that fits their price and lifestyle better. The more market segments the “Plug-in Brand” fills, the better sales will become. The Outlander PHEV can’t get here soon enough…

  4. miimura says:

    I’m betting USA will get only the 2.0T petrol PHEV. 3.0 Supercharged is better suited to A6/A7 size vehicle if you’re not roaring down the autobahn.

  5. Priusmaniac says:

    The announcement is indeed confusing because one would think they offer an A4 plug-in hybrid, an A4 EREV and an A4 EV, but no it is only an A4 plug-in hybrid with 3 different engines like Rick said.
    That is very disappointing and is about the same as color choice on a Model T, black, black or black. They just twisted it into mainly engine based, mainly engine based or mainly engine based.
    That is all the more annoying since they have the Audi A1 E-tron with the EV base and a micro Wankel that clearly proves they know how but that they politically decide that you will drive mainly engine based on purpose. Chocking actually.

    1. Tom A. says:

      I think they are hedging. Having the same motor and battery components mated to three different engines they are going to use in their lineup anyway would have to be substantially cheaper than making three or four completely different versions of the same vehicle: ICE, hybrid, plug-in hybrid and EV. All have different battery pack sizes and weights (or none for the ICE version, of course) which affects so many physical aspects of the car that would have to be different from model to model. They want to optimize one interior, one frame/suspension/etc., and provide performance and efficiency variation through ICE options. Think about it – all hybrid versions would have the same interior dimensions, particularly the same cargo space.

      With Fords and Toyotas (the best/reliable hybrids on the market), the hybrid versions of a car have significant differences, particularly in cargo space. The plug-ins have less trunk space than the hybrids, which have less trunk space than the ICE. You’re always trading off use and practicality for better efficiency.

      The path Audi is taking would eliminate those tradeoffs. Every version would be equally convenient.

      I’m not saying I agree that it’s a good idea – I don’t know – but it is an interesting twist that does appear to streamline the development and production and improve customer options.