Look out, 3 Series Touring. There’s a new Audi A4 Avant on the horizon.

    The next-generation wagon has been snapped testing at the Nurburgring, wearing similar levels of camouflage to the previous prototypes we’ve seen.

    The current A4 Avant – that’s Audi speak for wagon – debuted in 2016, and was updated in 2019 with the sharper look currently on sale.

    This particular test car is riding on sportier wheels than the last we saw, although it has the same grille and sporty lower bumpers.

    It still goes head-to-head with the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class, both of which have been overhauled more recently.

    With its slimmer grille and headlights, along with its more prominent lower air intake, the A4 likely to launch in 2023 will be brought into line with newer models such as the A3 and Q4 e-tron.

    The rear is heavily camouflaged, but the roof line appears similarly sporty to that of the current model.

    Like the current car, this A4 Avant prototype has a sharp crease above the rear wheel arch that fades out, a design feature which has become a staple on recent Audi vehicles, including the Q4 e-tron electric crossover.

    The next Audi A4 might be the last to feature petrol and diesel engines, with Audi planning to cease the sale of cars with internal combustion engines outside of China by 2033.

    Nothing has been announced, but a plug-in hybrid A4 is likely given the European Union’s tight emissions targets, and the presence of plug-in hybrid options in the latest BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class ranges.

    With the Volkswagen Group investing heavily in a number of electric vehicle-specific architectures, we expect the new A4 will use an updated version of the existing MLB Evo platform.

    Although our spy photography agency only photographed the A4 wagon, the next-generation range should include a sedan, as well as a lifted and off-road-flavoured allroad variant.

    MORE: Everything Audi A4

    Scott Collie

    Scott Collie is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne, Australia. Scott studied journalism at RMIT University and, after a lifelong obsession with everything automotive, started covering the car industry shortly afterwards. He has a passion for travel, and is an avid Melbourne Demons supporter.

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