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Audi A4 Cabriolet to make a comeback?

by Ronan Glon

The model will replace three of Audi\'s existing convertibles, according to a recent rumor.

Audi ended production of the A4 Cabriolet in 2008. It replaced the model with a top-less variant of the A5, a car that's now in its second generation. The soft-top A4 might make an unexpected comeback, according to a German media outlet.

The A4 Cabriolet will return as a last-ditch effort to jump-start the convertible segment. German magazine Auto Bild reports the model will replace the TT Roadster, the A3 Cabriolet, and even the aforementioned A5 Cabriolet in one fell swooop. Declining sales worldwide means it's financially unwise for Audi to sell three convertible models that all linger in roughly the same price segment.

Interestingly, the A4 Cabriolet will allegedly ride on the MQB platform, not the bigger MLB architecture. This will allow Audi to save money on development and production and consequently make the A4 about 10,000 euros cheaper than rivals like the BMW 4 Series and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

There's no word on what will power the model. Auto Bild points out the MQB platform is compatible with various forms of electrification so the born-again A4 Cabriolet could offer a 48-volt system or a plug-in hybrid powertrain either at launch or later in its production run.

Audi hasn't commented on the rumor. We're taking the report with a Q7-sized grain of salt, especially considering the A5 Cabriolet remains a relatively new car that won't pass the baton to a successor for several more years.