2020 Audi A4 range revealed with refreshed face, hybrid power

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The S4 and Allroad get a nip and tuck as well.

Audi gave the European version of its A4 lineup the slightest of facelifts last year. As we head into the 2020 model year a slightly more prominent update is befalling the full A4 line. We’ve seen spy photos showing long roof Avants playing in the snow with camouflaged front and rear clips, and now we know why. Audi has decided to pull the covers off its entire A4 lineup for 2020, including the discreetly released S4 TDI diesel that broke news at the beginning of May.

For starters, the 2020 A4 line wears a slightly enhanced face. The obvious difference is with the redesigned headlights that eliminate the weird lower notch from the previous model. Less obvious is the refreshed Singleframe grille, which stretches longer across the front for a more horizontal appearance. Conversely, the corner vents on the lower fascia now adopt a vertically themed orientation. Redesigned taillights retain a similar appearance to the outgoing model, while the rear fascia incorporates minor changes to the lower reflectors and exhaust outlets.

2020 Audi S4 Avant
2020 Audi Allroad
2020 Audi S4
2020 Audi S4

The refreshed A4 and S4 are joined by the Avant and A4 Allroad, the latter of which gains a few exterior design tweaks and an extra 35 mm of ground clearance. A4 models can be dressed in basic, advanced, or S line exterior trim, and a new colour called Terra Grey joins the palette. Inside is virtually unchanged, though the car does get updated MMI tech accessible through a large 10.1-inch touchscreen.

Perhaps the biggest news is the expansion of electrification throughout the A4 line. In European markets, Audi will offer six turbocharged engines ranging from 148 bhp to 342 bhp, and three of those powertrain choices will feature 12-volt mild hybrid systems. That sort-of includes the new diesel-powered S4 – we say that because the higher-spec Audi actually incorporates a 48-volt mild hybrid setup with its 3.0-litre turbocharged oil burner. Thusly equipped, Audi says the S4 will reach 62 mph in 4.8 seconds and top out at an electronically limited 155 mph. As you might expect, the diesel S4 is only offered in Europe.

Order banks for the refreshed A4 in Europe open this month, with Allroad models available in the summer and all models available in the fall. Pricing or availability hasn’t been announced for the UK as of yet, but in Germany the A4 starts at €35,900.

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  • Audi A4 bestseller embraces prestige of the full-size class with new design language
  • Fully connected and with new MMI touch display
  • Electrification with mild hybrid technology enhances comfort and efficiency
  • S4 TDI combines for the first time V6 TDI engine with EPC and 48-volt main electrical system
  • The A4 represents the core of the brand – after four years in the making, Audi has made the successful midsize model even tauter and sportier. Its exterior is integrated into the brand’s new design language; the large MMI touch display offers the kind of operating experience customers will be familiar with from their smartphone. Many engine options now come with mild-hybrid systems (MHEV) – efficiency and comfort benefit from this broad-based electrification. This also applies to the Audi S4 TDI (combined fuel consumption 6.3 – 6.2 l/100 km (37.3 – 37.9 US mpg)*; combined CO2 emissions 166 – 163 g/km (267.2 – 262.3 g/mi)*, with a V6 TDI under the hood for the first time, a 48-volt main electrical system and an electric powered compressor (EPC), which lends its beefy acceleration even more spontaneity. This combination of power, torque and efficiency makes it unique in the segment.

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