Since its introduction, the Audi A4 has won numerous awards for its progressive product design. It received, for instance, the coveted Federal Prize for Product Design and the Design Award of the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture.

The innovative Audi A4 set the styling trend for the sporty, elegant mid-size saloons (saloons) of the 1990s. By its success on the market, the premium A4 Avant, which has received numerous awards for its design, documents the high-level of acceptance for this typical Audi interpretation of the estate car.

A series of stylistic changes give the A4's individualistic, powerful design an even sportier note. The character of the car has been systematically developed to emphasise its premium traits, lend it greater clarity, and enable it to satisfy even higher demands.

The first things that strike the observer are the single-piece ellipsoidal-principle headlights with a new clear-glass look. The new location of the fog lights in the front apron not only adds to the sporty appearance but also improves after-dark vision, since the effective light surface has been enlarged. As with the A8 and A6, high-powered xenon headlights are now available as an option. They offer the driver a greater visibility range and particularly uniform illumination of the road surface. Xenon light, which is similar to daylight, does not cause the driver's eyes to tire - even when driving long distances after dark. The headlight cleaning system and automatic beam angle control are included with these headlights.

The Audi A4's new "face" has gained in clarity, identity, and dynamism. The radiator grill now has only four ribs, with the vertical webs given greater emphasis. The chrome trim that surrounds the radiator grill is also bolder in outline.

The new proportions of the front bumper with a pronounced step accentuate the A4's wide track and underline its sporting character. The headlight cleaning system is now integrated flush into the bumper. The heated windscreen washer jets are concealed beneath the bonnet edge.

Two new colours, Jaipur Red Pearl Effect and Melange Metallic, add freshness to the line of body colours. Light Silver Metallic body colour replaces Aluminium Silver, and the new colour Laurel Green Metallic replaces Paradise Green.

The new shape of the exterior mirror housings is in keeping with the dynamic body line. From the side, the white side turn indicator repeaters (with a new, elongated shape) and the wider moulding strips, painted in the same colour as the body, accentuate the styling in a new way. The B-pillar and the triangular panel on the saloon version's rear doors have a high-gloss finish. From the distance, they visually become one with the glass surfaces and stretch the car's appearance. Aluminium trim for the window frames is still standard equipment for the six-cylinder models and is available as an option for all four-cylinder models.

The new door handles feature improved ergonomics and now share the pronounced curved shape already familiar from the Audi A8 and Audi A6. They provide the person opening the door more with a better grip and blend neatly into the Audi A4's overall appearance.

The tail end has also gained significantly in sporty elegance: the newly styled luggage-compartment lid (with the strip handle integrated flush with the surface) and the new-look tail lights dominate the new appearance. The "soft-touch" electrical system helps when unlocking the trunk.

When entering the car, high-quality sill trims add to the car's premium flair.

1999 Mid-Year Changes Introduction
Design: sporty and elegant
Inner beauty as well
Progressive infotainment
Extensive chassis modifications
Safety and SIDEGUARD
Varied choice of engines

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