The Audi A4 series has been updated with the new A4 Sedan, A4 Avant, A4 Allroad Quattro and S4 for 2013. Audi’s A4 has been the German auto manufacturer’s best seller for 39 years and is in its eighth generation. The A4 has been updated with reused sheet metal and powertrains to keep it at the forefront of the entry level luxury car arena.
In terms of styling, the new A4 has a more angular nose with the replacement of the bonnet and front bumper as well as the lights and grille. The bonnet has a stronger curvaure with the lights at the front and rear having been modified with a slight wave and styalized LED elements.
The interior has been refined with new steering wheels with high gloss and chrome inlays and a simplified MMI infotainment system. High-gloss applications and the slender chrome trim at the controls add a sophistication to the design.
The grille is painted grey with high gloss black on the six cylinder models or in combination with the S line exterior package and the A4 Quattro is distinguished by the horizontal chrome applications and round fog lights of the grille.
With improved motors, fuel consumption levels have decreased by 11% facilitated by the start-stop system, forced induction and standardisation of of direct-injection while still maximising power and torque. Depending on the model chosen, drive is channelled to either the front wheels, or all four on Quattro models, via a six-speed manual, CVT Multitronic or seven-speed S-tronic automatic gearboxes. in 2013, the A4 will be fitted with a new electromechanical power steering system.
European buyers will be able to select from six turbodiesel and four gasoline engines while the US are expecting at least the 2.0-litre turbocharged four (211 horsepower) and 3.0-litre supercharged six with up to 333 horsepower in high-performance S4 trim.
Pricing has yet to be confirmed but Audi claims that it will change only slightly from the current offering.