This current-generation of Audi A4 (B9-generation) is a very good car and one that’s still highly competitive in the segment, as we wrote a few months back. However, now that all of its competitors or new and improved, it’s time for the A4 to get an update. Yet again. That update is said to be happening in 2019.
The Audi A4 was given a mild refresh this past Summer, with a slightly new front fascia and some subtle interior tweaks. So it’s a bit surprising to hear Audi working on another, more comprehensive overhaul.
Though, while it’s surprising to hear, we understand Audi’s haste. The new Mercedes-Benz C-Class is a very popular car and one that looks fresher and newer than the current Audi A4. The new BMW 3 Series just recently made its debut a couple of months ago and it looks very fresh and is said to be excellent. Plus, there’s also the newcomer Tesla Model 3 that’s stealing some sales away from traditional competition in the segment. So the A4 needs a bit of freshening up if it wants to compete.
It’s said that this new A4 will get styling similar to that of the new Audi A6, to bring it up to speed with Audi’s new design language. We recently saw some spy photos of the new A4 doing some testing and, while the overall shape wasn’t much different, it did seem to receive a new face, one similar to the A6’s.
It’s also going to get an interior similar to the more expensive A6. So it will get Audi’s new Touch Response MMI system and possibly even its touchscreen climate controls. It should be interesting to see how its interior turns out, to see if it gets the dual-screen setup of its more expensive siblings or if it just gets the one screen like the cheaper Audi A3.
One thing we do want to see with the newly refreshed Audi A4 is either an all-electric model or a plug-in hybrid variant. With cars like the Tesla Model 3 on the road, premium automakers need to start increasing the amount of electric and hybrid vehicles to keep up. Though, it doesn’t seem like that’s going to happen until the next generation of A4.