We’re used to seeing Nardo Gray in high-end cars with the “S” and “RS” prefixes in their names, but this video is a reminder you can have it on the more “humble” cars as well. Filmed by FastCarCommunity / YouTube at an Audi dealer in Croatia, this A4 Sedan built in the 35 TDI specification looks great in this Audi Exclusive paint, which in domestic market Germany is a €2,400 option.
You’ve probably figured out by now this is far from being a standard A4 Sedan. It has the S Line exterior and interior packages as well as optional 19-inch alloy wheels in the five-spoke rotor design. Other extras include LED headlights (not matrix, though), glossy black side mirrors, and the Audi Virtual Cockpit. The 10.1-inch touchscreen and the absence of the rotary controller are telltale signs we’re dealing with the facelifted model on the inside.
In an automotive world dominated by sedans, it’s refreshing to see YouTubers are still showing some love to the ol’ sedan. The A4 is expected to switch to the next generation around 2022, having been given a mid-cycle facelift in 2019. There’s an interesting report claiming Audi initially considered demoting the next A4 Sedan from its sophisticated MLB platform to the simpler MQB underpinnings to cut development costs.
In the end, it’s not going to happen. High-ranked officials within Audi were concerned going down the MQB road would have diluted the company’s prestige, so they ultimately decided against it. The next A4 (codenamed B10) will reportedly stick to its MLB platform and adopt a design said to give the impression of a “shorter and sportier A6.”
If the 2022 launch date is accurate, it means spy shots of camouflaged prototypes could be out on the road undergoing testing as early as 2021. Meanwhile, the current A4 still looks plenty fresh thanks to the surprisingly thorough facelift it went through a little over a year ago.