For reasons known only to Audi, it has aimed to make the A4’s face look ‘flat’. The tweaked fender & air dam design manage to convey that impression. The ‘Bavarian beard’ grille has also been trimmed. Angled top edges give it a hexagonal shape, bringing it in line with newer Audis. However, the sheet metal remains unchanged all round. The rear gets a mild tweak with the tail lights getting a revised LED layout.
On the equipment front, Audi is now offering MMI Navigation Plus with an advanced graphics chip that can display maps in 3D. Further simplifying all the electronic menus is the new MMI control with four keys. Another technological statement is the ability to set up a WiFi hotspot in the car that can handle up to eight devices.
Power & responsibility
While there weren’t any poor surfaces to really test out the revised suspension, the A4 seemed to ride better over the odd manhole or bump. The suspension provided better bump absorption & felt more composed too.
The top of the line 3.2 FSI V6 is likely to be replaced by a 290bhp version of the 3.0 litre supercharged motor from the A6. The full blown 333bhp S4 will also make its debut in India this year.
With the facelift, Audi is likely to bring the 2.0 litre diesel in two states of tune. One will be the ultra efficient 160bhp front driver & a 174bhp version with Quattro. The top end diesel remains the 3.0 litre TDI with Quattro & the S tronic gearbox.
Indian roads now.
Here & now
Although it isn’t radically different, the A4 has changes that matter. Minimal changes to the already sharp exterior & interior design are tasteful. But it’s under the skin that the new A4 seems a more exciting, cleaner & better luxury car. Any comment on the changes translating into an improved on road experience will have to be reserved for our India drive which should happen mid 2012. We’re waiting with bated breath.