Audi has revealed a refreshed A4 for 2018, responding to the recently facelifted Mercedes C-Class and gearing its three year old executive saloon up to take the fight to the next-generation BMW 3 Series, which will arrive at the Paris motor show in October.
Unlike the new C-Class, which eschews a design revision in favour of new engines, tech and updated infotainment, the changes applied to the A4 and A4 Avant are purely cosmetic, with only design alterations on the billing. As such it’s more a model year update than a full facelift, and you’ll have to wait a little longer for an A4 with a 48-volt mild hybrid system.
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Audi says that the basic SE and sport A4s have been revised with more striking looks thanks to a revised front and rear bumper design, new side skirts, and a new finish on the side air inlet grilles. Avant versions of these automobiles gain a spoiler too, while A4 sport models now sit on 18-inch alloy wheels.
The new A4 S line (pictured) has been injected with a much sportier look. The revised front apron gains pronounced, angular vents, with the car’s front end now much more reminiscent of the flagship 444bhp RS 4 Avant thanks to a more prominent lip blade at the very bottom of the bumper. It retains a classic slat style grille over a honeycomb pattern, however. Its wheels swell to 19-inches in size as standard.