Audi is testing a prototype of a newly designed A4 and will see the latest tester for the Sporty S4 model.
The prototype is specifically for the S4 Avant Wagon body style but testers should also be out for the S4 sedan.
The current A4, B9, 2017 model has arrived for the year and was given a mid-cycle update for 2020. This redesigned A4, B10, 2024 model year should come, meaning it is likely to debut in early 2023. The S4 is expected to debut alongside regular models.
The S4 Avant prototype looks similar to the testers we’ve seen for the A4 Avant, but there are differences, such as lower ride height and quad-exhaust tips. The wheels also have some covers and a torque sensor mounted on top of their center caps, a device designed to detect the amount of wheel slippage during testing.
2024 Audi S4 Avant Spy Shot – Photo Credit: S. Baldauf / SB-Medien
Our latest shots also clearly show us the interior of the latest A4 range. There seems to be a wide floating screen for instrument clusters, as well as a new concept for shift levers. As it is an S4 prototype, the tester also has a flat-bottom steering wheel.
Audi has confirmed that it will only launch electric vehicles from 2026, meaning it will be the final A4 generation fitted with an internal-combustion engine. As a result, the platform should be an updated version of the Volkswagen Group’s MLB Evo platform currently available on the A4, meaning longitudinal mounting of the engine and standard front-wheel drive.
The current S4 runs a 3.0-liter turbocharged V-6 which is good for 349 hp. Hopefully this engine will carry into the new generation, perhaps with the help of a light-hybrid system.
Interestingly, it has been reported that the redesigned A4 will be on top of a pair of electrified RS variants made by Audi Sport, one claimed to be a plug-in hybrid and the other an electric model. If correct, the electric model will probably feature a separate platform for models fitted with internal-combustion engines.