In conjunction with the 25th anniversary of the Audi A4, the four rings have given their best-selling model a second facelift (the first one was hardly a facelift anyway). Unlike the update from before, this time Audi went all out to give the A4 a proper mid-cycle refresher with new design language, updated powertrains and new connectivity systems.
All A4 models now comes with updated LED headlamp clusters as standard while Martix LED are available as an option for higher end variants. The new headlamp clusters flank a boarder and flatter Singleframe grille along with restyled bumpers to give the car a wider look.
Over to the rear it now gets redesigned LED taillamps to go along with the more pronounced rear bumpers that gives the car a wider stance on the move. On the A4 Avant, Audi has placed a four-ring logo on the front fender badge – wonder what’s up with that.
Hopping inside, the cabin is said to be airier thanks to a sleeker, third generation MIB infotainment system. Sitting at the centre of the dash is a 10.1-inch MMI touch display that is tilted slightly towards the driver. It comes with natural voice control along with numerous web-based features such as Google Earth mapping and street view, weather report, fuel pricing information and etc.
The system is also ready to support Audi Connect Package that takes advantage of cloud sourcing data to map out real-time traffic information. By networking with urban infrastructures and other Audi cars, the driver can receive information on the traffic light and the car can prompt the driver to match their speed and beat the next green light. The Audi Connect Package is being rolled out in stages in selected European cities.
At launch, the A4 is available with a 2.0-litre four-cylinder TFSI turbo petrol with 150 hp and further down the line, a 2.0-litre TDI turbodiesel with outputs of 136 hp or 163 hp. All engine options on the refreshed A4 will feature a 12V mild-hybrid system (MHEV) that reduces fuel consumption by up to 0.3 litres per 100 km as well as promotes a smoother driving experience.
Closer to home, Audi Malaysia has big plans for the local market with two new model launches (Q2 & Q8) earlier in the year. They might skip the first facelift model altogether and jump straight to this sexier and more competitive A4.
Audi A4 Sedan Facelift in Terra Grey
Audi A4 Avant Facelift in Terra Grey
Audi A4 Allroad Quattro Facelift