Audi has completely updated every panel of the A4 sedan for 2017, though you’d be hard pressed to notice any changes at all. The biggest change you will notice is a hike in the price, with the base A4 now starting at $37,300 before destination fees.

That destination fee is worth $950 dollars, and that $37,300 asking price on the FWD Premium trim is up from the $35,900 price tag of the outgoing A4. The 2017 A4 Quattro will start at $39,400 before destination fee.

Audi backs up the jump in price with a lot of value in now-standard features, including keyless start/stop, Audi’s smartphone interface, a rear view camera, 3-zone climate control, and Audi’s pre-sense city technology, which uses a front facing camera on the windshield to scan the road for obstacles and pedestrians, warning the driver and stopping the car to avoid an accident. That’s quite a bit of kit for $1,400.

The new A4 will show up this Spring offering a 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 252 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque, and the range will expand later on with a lower entry-level 2.0 liter engine and, according to Audi, a new 2.0 liter diesel option. Then, of course, the Audi S4 will go on sale with a 3.0 liter turbocharged good for 349 hp and 368 lb-ft, with a claimed 0 to 60 time of 4.7 seconds.

The A4 will be equipped with a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission, while the new S4 drops the dual-clutch for a new eight-speed tiptronic transmission. You can read more about the differences between the outgoing and incoming S4 here.

Is that slight crease in the headlights enough to sell you on a new A4/S4? Or how about all that new fancy technology? I know what you’re thinking.. you want a wagon. You get your hopes up only to get what you know is (or isn’t) coming. Sorry, America. Automakers don’t trust you with all that extra cargo space.

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We’ll see the new A4 up close at next week’s very cold Detroit Auto Show.


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