Audi Ag. has unveiled the updated A4, S4 and A4 allroad line-up for the 2013 model year following the debut of the new 3 Series from BMW.
Like the 3 Series, the A4 is the best-selling model in Audi’s line for 39 years running with over 10 million individual examples sold, so any type of update is very important for the Germans.
In Europe, the updated 2013 Audi A4 will be sold as a sedan, wagon, Allroad quattro and high-performance S4 forms. The headlining S4 now offers up 0-62mph in just 5.0sec, a limited 155mph top speed along with combined average fuel consumption of 39.3mpg. Full details were just revealed for the European models, but we expect the core variants to remain mostly unchanged for the U.S. market.
So, is this an old A4 with A5-type headlights?
Well not really – indeed the new A4 has a very similar look. The new styling brings the A4 into line with the more angular noses of its newer siblings, but it’s retained more of a conservative look overall.
Ok, then what’s new?
The engine hood is more arched, the upper corners of the single frame grille are tapered, and the cross ribs and the Audi rings are highlighted three-dimensionally. The headlights have also changed, with a slight wave at the bottom edges, and a re-arranged interior.
The tail lamps have also been subtly reworked. Almost all the exterior panels have some change or the other, but they’re evolutionary rather than revolutionary.
The grille is painted gray, with high-gloss black on the six-cylinder models or in combination with the S line exterior package.
Inside, just few updated were made. Audi offers now a new selection of steering wheels with chrome and high-gloss inlays, with the leather sport steering wheel also featuring a flattened lower rim. MMI, Audi’s multimedia center now features four instead of eight buttons, with a script function integrated in the volume control dial.
Engines and transmissions
Six diesel and petrol engines are on offer, all with forced induction and Audi’s patented FSI direct injection.
The highlight among the new A4’s petrol units is a new 1.8-litre four-cylinder TFSI – as recently brought to the A5 Sportback. Producing 125kW of power, the new engine delivers a touch more power than its 118kW predecessor does. Fuel consumption is listed at 4.6 l/100km.
On the other side, the 2.0-liter diesel unit comes in five different outputs, depending on specification: 88, 100, 105, 120 and 130kW.
The 2013 Audi S4 will continue with the 3.0-liter TFSI making 333-hp and 325 lb-ft of torque. 0 to 60 mph comes in 4.9 seconds with a top speed of 155 mph.
2013 Audi A4 Petrol engines
• 1.8 TFSI 118bhp, four-cylinder
• 1.8 TFSI 168bhp, four-cylinder
• 2.0 TFSI 208bhp, four-cylinder
• 3.0 TFSI 328bhp, six-cylinder
2013 Audi A4 Diesel engines
• 2.0 TDI 134bhp, four-cylinder
• 2.0 TDI 141bhp, four-cylinder
• 2.0 TDI 161bhp, four-cylinder
• 2.0 TDI 175bhp, four-cylinder
• 3.0 TDI 201bhp, six-cylinder
• 3.0 TDI 242bhp, six-cylinder
As usual, quattro permanent all-wheel drive is standard on the A4 allroad quattro, and available in the Sedan and Avant from the 2.0 TDI with 105 kW (143 hp). The seven-speed S tronic transmission is the most advanced in Audi’s offer, so still no words about an eight-speed gearbox.
A complete price list will be unveiled by the Germans in the coming weeks but aren’t expected to deviate dramatically from current levels.
A photo comparison will be available tomorrow. [new a4 vs old / new a4 vs bmw 3 series]