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Audi A4 facelift revealed

No real surprises, but the front end gets a lift in line with the rest of the range...

Audi has officially unveiled the 2012 A4 / S4 facelift.

Looking more aggressive, the Audi A4 adopts a new front fascia with a revised angular grille as seen on the A5, restyled headlights similar to the A5 and A6 and a modified bonnet.  There's also a new diffuser, revised taillights and a dual exhaust system for selected models. For a sportier appearance, the S-line package has a reduced ride height and 18-inch alloy wheels (19 & 20-inch optional). The new look is taken across the entire A4 range, including saloon, estate, S4 variants and the A4 Allroad.

Inside, the cabin gains a new steering wheel, revised trim and additional chrome accents. Other changes include an updated infotainment system and buttons for the heated / cooled seats.

Under the hood, the Audi A4 has a wide variety of engines available. The 2.0 TDI has outputs in different models of 118 bhp, 136 bhp, 141 bhp, 161 bhp and 174 bhp. Last but not least, the 3.0 TDI develops 201 bhp or 241 bhp. The most economical engine is actually the 136 bhp 2.0 TDI, we assume because the 118 bhp version has to work harder to move the A4's bulk, and manages a combined economy of 67 mpg.

On the petrol side, a new 1.8-litre TFSI produces 168 bhp and 236 lb-ft of torque. Other choices include a 1.8 TFSI with 188 bhp, a 2.0 TFSI with 208 bhp and a 3.0 TFSI V6 with 268 bhp. Notably, the Audi S4 has a supercharged 3.0-litre TFSI V6 with 329 bhp and 324 lb-ft of torque. It enables the S4 sedan to accelerate from 0-62 mph in 5.0 seconds, before hitting an electronically-limited top speed of 155 mph. In terms of efficiency, owners can expect to average 35.3 mpg UK which is impressive for such a performance oriented machine.

On the handling front, the Audi A4 has a revised suspension and a new power steering system which "requires no energy for straight-ahead motion, thereby reducing fuel consumption by up to 0.3 L/100 km." This should mean a couple of mpg more, but not much.

The 2012 Audi A4 will go on sale shortly and pricing will be roughly the same as the current model. Though in Audi-speak, that usually means that the car price will stay the same, but the options prices will increase.

Images and videos courtesy of Audi

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About Tim Oldland

Contributing Editor - Long time petrolhead, automotive design engineer and journalist. Also Social Media Manager for the ecurie25 Group - www.ecurie25.com Tim has worked in the automotive sector for many years, but has been a fan of anything with 2 or 4... read more