Audi just released a facelift for its A4 sedan and Avant and said facelift was actually met with quite a bit of criticism. The facelifted Audi A4 isn’t necessarily ugly but it’s a bit less attractive than the pre-facelift car it replaced. Like it or not, though, the facelift is here to stay and it’s making its way to the rest of the A4 lineup. We’ve already seen it change the Audi S4 but that’s not the end of it. Still to come is the Audi RS4 Avant, whose facelift has just been caught testing. (We don’t own the spy photos but they can be seen here)
Like the standard A4, the Audi RS4 Avant facelift gets new headlights which ditch their little notches and gain funky light bars at the top, like little eyebrows. Underneath those headlights is a new Singleframe grille that’s wider and shorter than before, still sporting a honeycomb grille insert. At the bottom, a new front lip sits underneath the bumper.
Out back, new taillights feature LED light bars at the top of them but otherwise look pretty similar. At the bottom, massive oval exhausts are still present, as they are on all Audi Sport models.
While we can’t see the inside of this Audi RS4 Avant test mule, we can imagine what it will look like. Just like the A4 Avant, its interior will likely get just a MMI Touch Response screen. We criticized the look of it in the new A4, as it seems like just a massive touchscreen slapped onto the dash and it seems a bit difficult to reach. Still, it’s a technological improvement over the previous car’s old MMI system.
In terms of power and performance, it should use the same 2.9 liter twin-turbocharged V6 with 444 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque. That’s not bad thing, though, as the Audi RS4 Avant is crazy quick, getting from 0-60 mph in about 3.7 seconds.
We’re interested to see the facelift on this new Audi RS4 to see if its extra aggression can make the facelift look better than it does on the A4 and S4.