Remember when Audi announced the facelifted B9 Audi A4 earlier this year? Well, it turns out that the refreshed model was in fact not the midlife update. This fresh set of spy photos however, seem to do the term “facelift” some justice, and the changes are clearly evident even under all that camouflage wrap.

The facelifted pair were spotted undergoing winter tests in Sweden, wearing a completely new front bumper with a slimmer radiator grille. The headlights are also new, featuring multiple strips of vertically-positioned LED daytime running lights, much like that seen on the e-tron GT concept.

At the back, the tail lights on the A4 sedan appear to feature new graphics, although the encasing frame remains unchanged. Expect those on the A4 Avant to be new as well. Along with the new tail lights is a revised rear bumper.

Apparently, word is the A4’s cabin will be widely revamped to look closer to that of the Audi A6. If that were to be true, then expect a dual-screen layout for infotainment duties, HVAC controls, convenience functions and text input. Again, this is merely based on rumours, but with the G20 3 Series and W205 C-Class facelift out in full force, Audi clearly has to flex some muscles here.

Speaking of muscles, the A4 could benefit from slight powertrain updates when it debuts late next year. If so, expect some form of electrification, possibly with the fitment of the four rings’ 48 volt mild hybrid technology. Here, a belt alternator starter (BAS) works together with a lithium-ion battery (mounted in the back) to allow for coasting at speeds between 55 and 160 km/h.

GALLERY: 2019 Audi A4 Avant facelift spyshots

GALLERY: 2019 Audi A4 Sedan facelift spyshots