After the new BMW 3 Series was launched last week, another German carmaker unveiled a competitor in the mid-sized premium sedans market, and this was Audi, which has just officially unveiled the facelift for Audi A4. According to the carmaker’s press release, the facelift will be available for the entire range, including the Avant, Allroad and S4 versions.
On the exterior, as a general observation, we notice the updated hexagonal grille, inspired from Audi’s flagship, the luxurious A8 and also an updated front grille. The headlights are also “borrowed” from the recently introduced Audi A5 facelift, while the taillights also received an important restyling.
But these aren’t all the changes made by Audi to their best selling car, because the car also grew in size. The Sedan and Avant versions now measure 4.7 meters in length, while the Allroad and S4 are now 4.72 long.
As you’d expect, the interior lifts the bar even higher and it follows Audi’s traditional quality benchmark. Among the new features available we have a new set of colors for the upholstery, a slightly redesigned steering wheel, Audi offering a redesign even for the key.
Under the bonnet, Audi claims the new facelifted A4 will be offered with a range of engines that is 11 percent more fuel efficient than the current generation, despite a significant increase in power and torque output. The 1.8-liter TFSI gasoline engine now delivers 170 hp and 320 Nm of torque, achieving an average fuel consumption of just 42 US mpg, while CO2 emissions level is at 134 grams per 100 km.
As for the 2.0-liter TDI diesel, this engine is offered in three power output versions, 136, 163 and 177 hp. The most fuel efficient engine in the new A4’s range is the entry-level version of this engine, which offers an average fuel economy of 56 US mpg, releasing 134 grams of CO2 per 100 km. On the other hand, the most powerful engine available for the A4 is the 272 hp V6 TFSI unit.
But the most important use for the V6 engine is powering the “wild” S4, which will also be a part of the general range update. However, the engine received a power increase, the new engine delivering 333 hp, which means the new S4 accelerates from 0 to 62 mph in 5.0 seconds and reaches a top speed of 155 mph.
The six-speed manual transmission is standard for the front wheel drive versions of the sedan and estate, with a Multitronic automatic transmission available as an option. Quattro all wheel drive customers will be able to choose between a manual and a seven-speed S tronic double-clutch automatic.