Audi Allegedly Resurrecting A4 Cabrio Nameplate, Will Replace TT And A5 Convertibles

Audi is reportedly considering reshuffling its convertible models by axing the TT and A5 drop-tops and replacing them with a new A4 Cabriolet.

The information comes via AutoBild, which states that poor sales of both cars have led to this outcome. Less than 4,000 units of the TT Roadster were shipped last year in Europe, whereas just over 7,000 A5 Cabriolets found a home.

The switch to MQB

In a rather surprising move, the new Audi A4 Cabriolet won’t be based on the MLB platform of the B9 generation. Instead, it will build upon the versatile MQB architecture that underpins the smaller A3, in addition to a multitude of vehicles made by the Volkswagen Group.

This will apparently make it some €10,000 (equal to $12,238) more affordable than its direct rivals from Mercedes-Benz and BMW, despite having a similar footprint. Moreover, it will also allow it to adopt new powertrains, with the German magazine also mentioning the possibility of plug-in hybrid or fully electric version. It’s alright to be skeptical about this part of the report, since they didn’t provide a source for it.

The publication hasn’t shared any extra details about the possible Audi A4 Cabriolet, so it’s unclear when the Ingolstadt-based automaker will launch it. Still, our spy photographers will definitely keep an eye out for possible mules.

Note: Audi A4 B6 and B7 Cabriolets pictured

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  • That A4 cabriolet has some big shoes to fill because I think the A5 & TT are both excellent cars, aesthetically at least.

  • Do yoh think Audi will pass on the $12K savings to customers?….hahaha

  • matrem

    A $12k price drop would make it compete against the smaller A3 cabriolet, which seems like a bad idea.

  • Six_Tymes

    don’t need a 5 or TT convertibles. I am surprised it took them years to think of this move, “better late than never” I suppose. but very slow thinkers over at audi.

    • Mynameis Taylor

      what do you mean they int need an A5 and tt convertible? Of course they need an a5 convertible in the line, up. Mercedes has one as well as BMW. I just don’t understand this move at all.

  • roy

    Well… It is sad. Because Audi makes some rather good convertibles. Plus I see a lot of them back here in Kolkata

  • Bash

    Lovely.

  • Autoexperte

    the punishments shows a effect, Audi lacks money

    Mercedes has 5 convertibles (c-class, e-class, s-class, sl, slc)

  • TheBelltower

    The 2nd generation A5 cabriolet was a huge disappointment. Audi clearly only updated it because of safety regulations and global platform changes. Stylistically, the update was meaningless and invisible to most people. I owned a B6 S4 Cabriolet until last year. It was an amazing car. I assumed that I would trade-up to an S5 cab. But it never quite excited me the same.

  • Kingsley Mpofu

    Someone explain please, isn’t the A5 cab basically a A4 cab with a changed name like the 3 series coupe to the 4 series coupe?

    • Fabián Montiel

      Yes, it’s exactly that. But this new A4 will be based on the A3 platform, which means it will be a Golf cabriolet.

  • Denzel

    They should just give us the RS4 avant than a convertible.

    • Elmediterraneo

      But that RS4 coupe or convertible will have a 5 cylinder or a VR6.

  • Nordschleife

    I feel like just keeping. A5 convertible would be fine. The A3 convertible was too small to compete with the BMW 4-Series and I know they didn’t think the A5 convertible competed with the 6-Series convertible. Who knows what they thought. I personally just think a 5 Series was a nice inbwtween.

  • That is a very surprising news.

  • pjl35

    My thinking as well…so this is going to slot under the A5 cabriolet…or replace it? I thought the whole point of the A5 was for two-door configurations to have an odd number instead of the traditional sedans being numbered evenly (A3 doesn’t count).

  • Elmediterraneo

    Some things to know
    – Audi is planning to kill the MLB platform (A4 A5 A6 A7 A8 Q5 Q7 Q8) on the next generation and this movement will start with the A4 in 2022.
    – The next A4 will switch to the A3’s MQB platform and add both Coupe and Convertible variants on that platform. The reason for that is that Audi didn’t sell too much 2 door cars and wants to cut off the line-up so thing could be easier to manage.
    – The A5 will live only as a Sportback and share with the Q5 and the next Porsche Macan a smaller version of the MSB platform used on the Panamera but also the next generation A6 A7 and A8.

  • Elmediterraneo

    But the most important news is : Audi won’t discontinue the R8 and will have a 3rd generation.
    Because Audi found a way to make less 2 door cars by replacing all of them with the A4 coupe and convertible to be more profitable, Audi will lose the iconic TT and so they decide to keep the R8 as their ultimate icon.
    Lamborghini now develops an all new platform on a carbon structure for their next Aventador and Huracan and the next R8 will also be build on that platform. For the engine we already know that the Lamborghini will use hybrids naturally aspirated V10 and V12 while the R8 to differenciate itself maybe uses a Biturbo V8 but the rumours are still talking about a V10.

    • Source? Most of the media agreed that R8 is in limbo, they don’t sell enough like the predecessor did. Contrary to your belief, some media reported that TT will in fact survive and the next gen TT is already on the work.

  • RichS

    I give up! The Germans are changing their model names every five years! Why???

  • Kinda ironic since few months ago Car is leaking Audi’s plan for future TT which include 500hp hybrid TT RS variant.

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