More significant aesthetic tweaks keep it in line with the range.
German marque Audi has rolled out some serious nip/tuck updates for its A4 compact executive saloon, in a move that’ll keep the car looking current alongside its larger, newer siblings. The B9 Audi A4 has been around for a little while now and was hardly looking dated, but the very latest models rolling out of Ingolstadt threatened to leave it looking a little laggard.
To that end, the face now features a new… uh, face, that incorporates a sharper Singleframe grille that’s lower & wider. That is also flanked by a pair of new headlights, which add the ‘eyebrows’ like on the A1. Further influence from the A1 comes from what appears to be a subtle, but evident ‘slit’ between the bonnet and the bumper.
At the rear you’ll spot a new set of taillights with graphics inspired by the new Audi A6, but between them, there’s actually a more significant change. There used to be a character line that linked headlights to taillights that was made to emphasise the length – it’s now been broken up, with the lines repositioned to draw the eye to the wheelarches.
This is once again in keeping with the greater Audi range, ensuring that the A4 falls into place with a reassuringly-Germanic click.
Inside there’s a pretty major change that has to do with the displays. The driver still gets the Virtual Cockpit that debuted in the TT (and has since proliferated across the range), but the main screen is now a 10.1-inch display running the new MIB3 software from the new Q3 and A1. As a result of that new software, the rotary control wheel has been deleted, making room for a bit of storage. The Virtual Cockpit also benefits from updated graphics and response speeds, though if you’re into actual gauges, there are two of those to choose from.
The 2020 A4 range will comprise of 6 forced-induction engines, made up of TFSI petrols, V6 TDi diesels, and more pedestrian inline-4 diesels. Outputs start at 110kW and rise up to 255kW (the latter in the S4 TDi), though there’s also a V6 TFSi for the S4 in markets that don’t adhere to EU emissions regulations. Depending on the engine, you can get either a 6-speed manual, a 7-speed S-Tronic auto or an 8-speed tiptronic auto, and you can choose between front-wheel or all-wheel drive.
There’s no word currently on when we can expect to see the 2020 Audi A4 lineup in Australia or how it’ll look like on arrival, but you can count on CarShowroom to bring you those updates as they come.