Audi UK gets a lot of new upgrades for the 2018 A4 range, plus a special Black Edition

Article by Christian A., on May 24, 2017

Audi will be offering something exciting for its United Kingdom market. The company announced that it will be adding new features as standard to the A4 range. It also confirmed the revival of the Black Edition version that was once a huge triumph for the 2018MY.

The last time the Black Edition was available for the previous A4 generation, it proved to be a success as 50 percent of UK buyers ordered them while they lasted. To make you all aware, the Black Edition will be available with any engine selection - from entry level 1.4-litre TFSI up to the most powerful 3.0-liter V6 TDI Quattro. So don’t be worried that you’ll have to get the range topper if you want the Black Edition.

Beginning with the specifications, the Black Edition comes with a set of 19-inch matt titanium five-spoke alloy wheels, or 18-inch gloss black alloys if you prefer those.

The titanium black finish is also applied to the following: side mirror housings, the single frame grille, the window surrounds to achieve a uniform look and also to serve as a contrast to the body.

Side skirts, rear spoiler, air intakes, rear privacy glass, acoustic front side windows and black roof rails are also available for the Avant version.

The A4 Black Edition features a flat-bottomed steering wheel and piano black inlays. Moreover, there is £550 worth of equipment added for no extra costs. Audi’s Safety & Service that includes emergency calls, online road assistance, and service request functions are standard with all 2018 A4s.

Exclusive to the Sport models will be a seven-inch full-colour display for the instrument instead of the original five-inch black monochrome display. The front seats are covered in Twin Leather upholstery featuring heated seats, while S models get a leather-Alcantara interior.

All models will come standard with cruise control and rear parking sensors. The new Technology Pack now offers the Virtual Cockpit, wireless charging, and MMI navigation plus. Moreover, the Comfort and Sound pack has been revised and now features either heated front seats of the keyless access system, a reversing camera or front parking sensors, and either a BOSE or Bang & Olufsen sound system.

As for the S models, Audi added the Audi Beam feature as a standard. This simply projects the four-rings emblem via LEDs on the ground when the car is parked or when the front doors are open.

2018 A4 Black Edition can be yours for as low as £32,530 for the 1.4 TFSI trim, and if you want the range-topping model, which is the V6 Quattro with 8-speed tiptronic, you will have to shell out £42,950.

Press Release

AUDI A4 BLACK EDITION USHERS IN NEW 2018 MODEL YEAR ENCHANCEMENTS

Exclusive styling, extensive equipment and amplified road presence have long been hallmarks of the Audi Black Edition specification, and now it is back by popular demand to lend an even more purposeful air to the new A4 Saloon and Avant. Black Edition versions of both variants can be ordered now, and are the headliners for a broader range of equipment additions benefiting numerous UK Audi models and forming part of the brand’s 2018 Model Year update programme.

The immensely popular Black Edition specification, which was the choice of more than 50 per cent of customers ordering the previous A4 model, is available in combination with the full A4 engine range, from the entry-level 1.4 TFSI with 150PS right up to the most powerful 272PS V6 TDI quattro.

It guarantees stand-out appeal through 19-inch five-arm rotor alloy wheels in a matt titanium finish (or the no-cost option of 18-inch 10 Y-spoke gloss black alloys), complemented by a titanium black styling pack which extends to the mirror housings, singleframe grille and window surrounds, side skirts, rear spoiler (fitted to the Saloon) and air intakes. Black roof rails also complement these accents in Avant models, and in both body styles privacy glass is added for the rear windows. Another Black Edition benefit that is less immediately obvious is the inclusion of acoustic front side window glass to further refine the already remarkably hushed A4 cabin environment.

Up to £550 of added value for A4

Inside, the Black Edition versions gain a flat-bottomed multi-function steering wheel and piano black inlays, as well as a number of detail enhancements that benefit the range from SE specification upwards and add up to £550 worth of customer value compared with specifying the items individually. All versions now feature Audi connect Safety & Service, which takes advantage of the A4’s advanced internet-enabled onboard network to offer emergency call, online roadside assistance and Audi service request functions, all at the touch of a roof panel-mounted button. Sport models gain an upgraded multi-function steering wheel, a seven-inch full-colour Driver’s Information System replacing the original five-inch monochrome version, front seat heating and Twin Leather upholstery, while S line models swap their cloth and leather combination upholstery for a leather and Alcantara mix and also add seat heating.

Elsewhere in the Audi range, cruise control and rear parking sensors become part of the standard specification for every model, from the entry level A1 upwards, that isn’t already factory fitted with these items.

At the same time, thorough analysis of the engine and trim level hierarchies has resulted in rationalised model choice lists and a simpler and more consistent portfolio of optional equipment packages across the board.

The most significant changes to the cost effective packaged equipment bundles can be seen in the popular Technology and Comfort and Sound packs. The Technology Pack has been standardised for all Audi models in an enhanced form that includes the fully digital Audi virtual cockpit and Audi Phone Box with wireless charging*, MMI navigation plus with MMI Touch and the suite of Audi connect infotainment services.

A new format Comfort and Sound Pack also replaces the various equivalents previously offered across the range, and depending on model features either front parking sensors or a reversing camera, hill hold assist, a BOSE or Bang & Olufsen sound system and either heated front seats or the advanced key keyless access system.

To add a final flourish to the 2018 Model Year changes, the new ‘Audi Beam’ feature also becomes standard equipment for S models from the S3 upwards and for all RS models. Audi Beam projects the four rings via LEDs onto the ground whenever the car is parked and the front doors are opened. On RS models, the projection changes to the Audi Sport logo.

Source: Audi

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