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