The facelifted Audi A4 will take the fight to the BMW 3 Series and Jaguar XE with a brand new look and a raft of engines
In a span of 25 years, the Audi A4 has been built with over 7.5 million examples. At the moment, there is a new version of it with a raft of well updated engines and a tweaked interior design giving it an extremely new look. Currently, Audi’s bestseller was looking a little stale following the launching of an all-new BMW series, let alone Jaguar’s improved XE revealed in recent months. Well, it’s time AudiA4 reveals the saloon, Allroad and Avant estate versions all together. We are seeing a new generation of some of the best Executive cars coming out in very rapid succession.
It has a different look with horizontal slats for SE and Sport, vertical chrome slats on the allroad Quattro with the S lines and S4 versions getting a honeycomb each. At the front end comes the bulk of updates and the larger air intakes being cut into a new bumper. Furthermore, the grill’s now wider and lower. Only the bonnet, boot and roof remain from the old car.
The headlamps now with LED lights are now standard on all trim levels sandwiched with clever matrix lights and fancy welcome ‘animations’ available as options. There is a new bumper at the back and the light clusters conveniently mirror the front ones as the sides feature some metalwork changes.
The high waistline of the previous A4 has been replaced by a more butch-looking design close to the smaller A1 Sportback’s. The front and rear wings now get a crisp edge above the wheel arches. The incoming A4 is 5mm wider and 22mm longer than the outgoing model. It is also a subtle reference to the Ur-Quattro that was present in the eighties.
The infotainment screen inside the car sits more proudly on top of the dash and is now much larger-10.1 inches, crisper and now a solid touchscreen. The old scroll wheel for the infotainment system is mounted on the center to act as a console redundant. Another facelift also goes to the virtual cockpit digital dials fitted with different designs not forgetting the head-up display and as usual, a number of option packs to further upgrade the interior. All the engines are now mild hybrids in addition to the bonnet delivering great news of 187bhp 2.0-litre and228bhp-3.0 liter units badged 40 and 50 TDI respectively.
The two new 2.0-litre diesel motors as well as the three 2.0-litre petrol units are now all well fitted with a 12-volt main electrical system for the mild-hybrid and electric compressor set-up. As if that is not enough, the high performance S4 now gets a 342bhp 3.0-litre TDL diesel engine equipped with a 48-volt mild hybrid system developing 700Nm of torque. This is what has comfortably replaced the old 349bhp 3.0-litre turbocharged V6 petrol.
The facelifted A4 range will be out on sale come September with the overall prices expected to start from around £27,000.