Changes are subtle, yet effective

Three years after the current generation was launched, Audi has finally revealed the facelifted 2019 A4 sedan and A4 Avant. The revised A4 gets minor exterior upgrades and an all-new S-Line Competition Equipment Package, but for now, these updates are limited to the European market. We do expect the U.S.-spec A4 to get the same changes as well, but when that will happen is another story.

Change Is Beautiful

The S-Line Competition Package Gives the Refreshed Audi A4 Some Extra Value Exterior
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The exterior changes include new front bumper with pentagonal surrounds for the side air inlets and aluminum-like housing within them

Audi has made very subtle changes this time around. The exterior changes include new front bumper with pentagonal surrounds for the side air inlets and aluminum-like housing within them. There’s also a honeycomb grille with openings that guide airflow into the wheel housing to boost aerodynamics.

The rear gets a new bumper with two trapezoidal exhaust tailpipes replacing the round ones from the current generation. Between the two tailpipes is a diffuser, which is narrower this time. Depending on the variant, you get to choose from 16 to 19-inch redesigned wheels as well. All these minor changes certainly add to the character of the A4 and make it looker sharper, when compared to the outgoing car.

A New Novelty Makes Its Debut

The S-Line Competition Package Gives the Refreshed Audi A4 Some Extra Value Exterior
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The 2019 A4 is set to be offered with an S-Line Competition Equipment Package

The 2019 A4 is set to be offered with an S-Line Competition Equipment Package. It includes an exclusive Turbo Blue paint, Audi logo on the lower section of the rear doors, red brake calipers, LED headlights, sport suspension, and 19-inch rims from Audi Sport. The A4 Avant gets an RS rear spoiler as well. On the inside, the S-Line gets a black interior package with partial black leather sport seats, a three-spoke steering wheel, and RS carbon inlays. The seats can be availed in Magna Red or any other color as well.

Our Take

The S-Line Competition Package Gives the Refreshed Audi A4 Some Extra Value Exterior
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The 2019 Audi A4 sedan and A4 Avant will be available from the third quarter in Germany; so we expect it to hit the U.S. shores by the end of 2018

Audi has been pretty busy with new launches lately, and frankly, all those new cars made the A4 look outdated. It was high time the curvaceous body made way for sharper, aggressive looks. While the changes may be subtle in the regular variants, the addition of the S-Line Competition will add a fresh wave to the A4 line-up. The 2019 Audi A4 sedan and A4 Avant will be available from the third quarter in Germany; so we expect it to hit the U.S. shores by the end of 2018. As for the pricing, it should more or less remain the same; however, we’ll keep a close eye on the price of the hot S-Line Competition model. Let us know your thoughts on the new A4 in the comments section below.

Further reading

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Press release

Audi makes its successful premium midsize model even more compelling. The 2019 model year will see the A4 Sedan and A4 Avant receive newly designed bumpers, which together with the new wheel design accentuate the sporty character. The equally all-new S line competition equipment line provides additional dynamic highlights.

In the new model year, the Audi A4 stands out with a more striking front-end from the design and sport lines and above. Powerful, pentagonal contours surround the exterior air inlets – aluminum-look bars structure their inside. The S line exterior package features new bumpers with a sportier look. Their pronounced wedge-shaped design makes them even more eyecatching. A U-shaped clip separates the exterior and the interior area, which is finished off with a honeycomb grille. Separate openings in the air inlets guide a portion of the airflow into the wheel housings, where it flows past the wheels.

The Singleframe grille also helps differentiate between the equipment lines. In the S line exterior package, the grille now also features slats with a 3D look. A blade finishes off the lower part of the front-end. The rear bumper also comes standard in the new look. Two wide, trapezoidal exhaust tailpipes replace the previous round tailpipes. The diffuser area between the exhaust tailpipes is now narrower. The wheels, which are available in 16 to 19-inch versions, have also been redesigned.

The S line competition equipment package is also making its debut in the A4 model line. It includes a host of exclusive new features – the blade in the front bumper and the stone-chip guard strip in selenite silver, an RS rear spoiler on the A4 Avant and, among other things, the new Turbo Blue paint finish. The four rings logo is in the lower section of the rear doors, in either silver or black, depending on the exterior paint color. The equipment package also provides customers with sporty technology features – Audi Sport 19-inch wheels, red brake calipers, sport suspension and LED headlights.

In the interior, the S line competition builds on the S line black interior package, supplementing it with RS carbon inlays, a three-spoke multifunction steering wheel and black partial leather sport seats. Alternatively, customers can also opt for S sport seats in magma red or in other colors.

In Germany, pre-sales of the Audi A4 Sedan and the A4 Avant, model year 2019, will start in the third quarter of 2018.

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