A prototype version of the 2020 Audi S4 facelift has recently been spotted by spy photographer cameras on public road testing. The mid-cycle facelifted S4 Avant wagon looks wrapped in full camouflage during its road test and gets some changes for both exterior and interior design. The German car manufacturers Audi certainly have to work hard with their S4 lineup, given that the performance wagon segment is now increasingly competitive both in the U.S. and European markets. Audi competitors will certainly not stay silent with the many new performance wagons hitting the market.
The sixth-generation Audi S4 has been officially revealed in 2017 and received a lot of significant makeover compared to the previous model (fifth-gen S4). It was offered as a four-door sedan and five-door wagon in European market. The most striking change is a more modern exterior design with a more sharply angled design line, a new turbocharged powertrain, and a new wheels design. Outside, the sixth-gen Audi S4 has adopted new LED headlights designs combined with standard LED daytime running lights, plus new LED taillights and dynamic turn signals.
A number of exterior and interior changes were also reflected in the 2020 Audi S4 Avant facelift, which is certainly expected by most Audi fans. At the front end, the car is now equipped with a new grille design and large headlights. While the interior also gets some touches and expensive equipment upgrades such as the presence of two new double screens like the Audi A6 or Q8.
Unfortunately, like the 2019-model year, the 2020 Audi S4 will most likely be powered by a new 3.0-liter V6 TFSI engine featuring single-turbocharged paired to an eight-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission, which is able to cranks out 349 horsepower at 5,400 – 6,400 rpm and 369 lb-ft of torque at 1,370 – 4,500 rpm. The 3.0 TFSI V6 engine relies entirely on the Audi Quattro all-wheel drive system that has been claimed to provide the best performance in all road conditions and is able to provide better grip.
In order to improve maneuverability and handling capability, the sixth generation Audi S4 is also equipped with a Quattro sport rear-differential. As a result, acceleration from 0-60 mph can be achieved in just 4.4 seconds. But is it enough for Audi to compete with their competitors like the Mercedes-AMG C450 and C43, as well as the BMW M340i? Let’s see the 2019 Mercedes-AMG C450 and C43 has a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 engine that can produce peak output of up to 385 horsepower at 6,100 rpm and 384 lb-ft of torque at 2,500 rpm.
Although the AMG C450 and C43 don’t use the inline-six engine setup, but it’s quite dangerous for the 2020 Audi S4 wagon. Meanwhile, the new BMW M340i Wagon is rumored to be equipped with an upgraded B58 straight-six gasoline engine combined to an xDrive all-wheel drive system and ZF 8-speed automatic transmission. It can crank out up to 380 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque.
Release Date and Pricing
The release date hasn’t yet been announced, but we can expect the 2020 Audi S4 to be launched in North America at some point in 2019. Pricing for the new Audi S4 sedan is expected not to rise much from the current model MSRP (manufacturer’s suggested retail price), which starts from $50,200 for the base model and $57,800 for the upper trim level.