A new nose, revised multimedia system and mild hybrid powertrains are among the headlines for Audi’s facelifted A4, the model described by the manufacturer as “the core of the brand”.
The revised compact executive model will arrive in the UK in August, with saloon, Avant estate and raised Allroad models all getting a restyled nose that Audi said is “sporty and more sophisticated” thanks to the broader singleframe grille, larger air inlets and new LED headlights that are standard on every model, with top-spec cars getting Matrix LEDs.
On the inside, gone is the A4’s rotary controller for the MMI multimedia system; Audi has switched to a smartphone-inspired process via a 10.1-inch touchscreen including a “free text input” search system.
Three different levels of instrument cluster are offered, starting from partially analogue and ending up with the 12.3-inch Virtual Cockpit Plus display.
By this autumn there will be a choice of 136hp, 163hp, 190hp and 231hp diesel engines and petrol engines with 150hp, 190hp and 245hp, as well as a new diesel-powered S4 performance model using a 347hp 3.0-litre TDI engine. This new S4 can cover the 0-62mph dash in under five seconds.
Five of the engines will be available with 12-volt mild hybrid systems to bring a slight efficiency improvement, while the S4 has a 48-volt system.
Audi has even future-proofed the A4 by enabling the ability to communicate with traffic light servers, once the technology becomes widespread, to give the driver information on the speed they will need to travel at to match the next green traffic light, and also telling them how long until the red light they are waiting at will turn green. This new system will be part of Audi’s Connect package and is being rolled out in stages across selected European cities.
The new A4 will also have the ability to analyse Car-to-X messages, navigation data and traffic signs to brake and accelerate predictively using the adaptive cruise control, even when there is no vehicle ahead.
More details, including pricing, spec and efficiency data will be announced ahead of first orders being taken next month.