Audi has updated the design of the A4 as part of a mid-life refresh, describing the car’s new look as both “more streamlined” and “more contemporary” than before.
Key exterior changes include newly shaped LED headlights, which in turn flank a broader, flatter ‘Singleframe’ grille that is surrounded by reshaped bumper elements with a more horizontal aspect than on the outgoing model.
There is also new detailing along the side, specifically above the wings and the lower-set shoulder line in between.
Inside, the designers say an emphasis on horizontal lines helps enhance the sense of space, and a new operating system based on Audi’s third-generation modular infotainment platform is claimed to lend an air of sophistication from a technological perspective. Its hub is a 10.1-inch touchscreen tilted slightly towards the driver in the centre of the instrument panel.
Under the bonnet, a range of four-cylinder and six-cylinder engines will power the first phase of launch models. Three engine variants will also feature a mild-hybrid system based on 12 volts.
Both the S models in the A4 family – the S4 TDI and the S4 TDI Avant – will come equipped with a 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine. Allied to an eight-speed tiptronic and quattro permanent all-wheel drive, as well as an S-specific sport suspension, it is claimed to deliver 342 bhp and torque of 516 lb-ft, which enables the saloon version to go from zero to 62 mph in 4.8 seconds on the way to an electronically governed top speed of 155 mph.
The ‘off-road’ version of the A4 meanwhile, namely the “Allroad”, will come with three engine options – one TFSI petrol and two diesels – all allied to automatic transmissions as standard.
Visually, the Allroad stands out from the Avant estate variant by way of its raised ground clearance (35 mm to be exact), as well as through details such as the underbody protection and wheel arch trims, and also through its wider track – six mm wider at the front and 11 mm at the rear. As in the Avant, the luggage compartment has a capacity of 495 litres, which increases to 1,495 litres with the rear seats folded down and cargo loaded to the roof.
First deliveries of the new A4 are expected to begin in September of this year.