New Audi A4 spied with bigger 2019 facelift modifications

The Audi A4 is to follow up its recent minor upgrades with a bigger facelift in 2019

Audi announced a set of (very) subtle changes for its A4 compact executive car earlier this year, comprising a range of new colours and slight changes to the styling and powertrains. But the lack of a more substantial mid-life update came as a surprise considering the importance of the A4 for the brand. Now though, new images have surfaced of an A4 being tested with bigger changes, signalling that a full facelift is on the way after all.

The most obvious changes are the new headlights, with a softer and less angular shape framing a lower, wider grille. Behind the swirly tape, the headlight internals also have a more ornate set of LED elements, similar in style to those on the Audi A7.

> New Audi RS4 review 

From the rear, the A4 looks to have adopted some elements from the new A6 too, such as a horizontal bar connecting the rear lights and trapezoidal exhaust outlets. The changes, although subtle, should align the new A4 more closely with Marc Lichte’s latest design language that’s being spread around the rest of the Audi range, before an all-new model arrives some time after 2021.

Inside, bigger questions remain, including whether Audi will change the current A4’s dashboard architecture for one able to support its latest infotainment system. As the car uses the same MLB Evo platform as the A6, it's likely we'll see that car’s interior tech. As Audi’s next generation of MMI infotainment systems are now built around a touch interface, the current A4’s high-mounted display won’t be particularly well suited to a touchscreen, bringing into question whether a whole new dash will be fitted. Although this is an unusually big change for a mid-life update, spy images of the facelifted Q7 have surfaced with that car featuring an all-new dashboard, borrowed from the Q8.

With an all-new BMW 3-series to worry about, not to mention Merc’s latest C-class, Volvo’s impressive new V60 and the Alfa Romeo Giulia, the A4 will need all the help it can get in the compact executive class.

Most Popular

McMurtry Spéirling fan car claims Goodwood FoS hillclimb record
McMurtry Spéirling
Electric cars

McMurtry Spéirling fan car claims Goodwood FoS hillclimb record

The McMurtry Spéirling has dethroned the Volkswagen ID R as the fastest car to complete Goodwood hillclimb
26 Jun 2022
BMW M 50th Anniversary special previewed for the first time
BMW M 50th
BMW M4 coupe

BMW M 50th Anniversary special previewed for the first time

Think BMW M’s M3 Touring, M2 and XM were enough to celebrate the big 50? Think again…
27 Jun 2022
2022 BMW M3 Touring revealed – the Audi RS4 rival we've been waiting for is here!
FOS M3 Touring
BMW M3 Touring

2022 BMW M3 Touring revealed – the Audi RS4 rival we've been waiting for is here!

Wagon lovers rejoice, the new BMW M3 Touring is here exclusively in xDrive Competition specification
21 Jun 2022