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Rumors are brewing that Audi will be bringing an Allroad wagon variant of the A4 to America in 2013, as a 2014 model. It is being reported that company executives have reported to Car and Driver that the Allroad nameplate will soon be back in America, where it was last seen on the A6 wagon back in 2005.
It’s safe to assume that the A4 Allroad will be similar to its European version, sporting flared fenders in a contrasting gray shade. Our guess would be that the 2.0L Turbo four-cylinder will be powering the American version of the A4 Allroad, but Audi could surprise us with additional engine options. The A4 is expected to have a mid-cycle refresh in late 2013 (as a 2014 model) and Car and Driver is reporting the Allroad should be available right after the refresh.
[Source: Left Lane News]
With BMW preparing to launch an all-new 3 Series, Audi will follow a few years later with the next-generation A4. Expected to arrive in 2013 as a 2014 model year car, the B9 generation A4 is expected to receive some expected upgrades, as well as some impressive new technology.
With a new platform, the car should weigh anywhere from 265 to 331 lbs less than the current car. And yet it’s also expected to grow in size. No immediate details are known about engines, but look for fuel economy improvements to come through the use of a start/stop system and a bake energy regeneration setup.
The most exciting detail, however, is news of an A4 plug-in hybrid, which will get an electric AWD system. Dubbed e-Quattro, the system would use an electric motor to power the rear-wheels under certain circumstances, offering all-wheel drive, but without a driveshaft connecting the front and rear wheels. Along with performance and grip, the e-Quattro system would also help improve fuel economy in certain cases, with an electric-only range of 19 to 37 miles.