Spy Photographers Catch the Facelifted Audi A4 for the First Time

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

The Audi A4 is due for a minor facelift, as the German automaker continues to redesign the rest of its lineup.

Spy photographers have caught an early prototype of the Audi A4 refresh testing, and it doesn’t appear the changes will be significant. There’s only light camouflage on the front bumper, while we can see the grille, front spoiler, and minor design elements underneath the headlights have evolved. Expect to see changes in the rear as well, although this prototype doesn’t sport them just yet.

Based on this prototype, the Audi A4 looks to retain its overall headlight design, instead of inheriting the new Audi A6’s headlights. That could change however, since not all of the changes have made their way to test cars.

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It’s possible the mild hybrid technology offered on the A6, A7, and A8 models will find its way to the A4 lineup. Under the hood, the German automaker has already confirmed the new EA288 Evo TDI engine will be offered, with the 2.0-liter engine generating between 136 horsepower to 204 hp. Combined with the 48-volt mild hybrid setup, CO2 emissions are lowered, while power and torque are increased by almost 10 percent.

But it’s unlikely the TDI engines will head to the U.S., so expect the current 2.0T engine to carry on in similar fashion, with around 252 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque.

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at AutoGuide.com saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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