Now that the B9 Audi A4 has been facelifted, the A5 family is next in line to receive its mid-life update. This prototype unit was spotted in Europe with minimal camouflaging, covering just the front fascia, wheel fenders, and rear sections of the car.

Going by outward appearance alone, the revised elements seem to be actual production items, except for the carryover LED headlights. Expect those to be replaced by newer units with revised graphics and slashed LED DRLs, much like that seen on the A4.

Speaking of similarities, the front bumper will get roughly the same treatment as the A4. The Singleframe grille appears to be shorter in height, although the chrome surrounds do seem thicker than the outgoing model’s. The whole front bumper will be new, complete with projector lenses for the fog lamps.

Round the side, the shoulder line remains intact and stretches from the edge of the headlights before tapering subtly towards the integrated spoiler. On the A4, the shoulder line is broken up between the doors. At the back are updated LED tail lights with new graphics and sequential turn indicators, new rear bumper, and large rectangular exhaust exits.

Unfortunately, there are no photos of the interior this time around, but one can expect the updated A4’s cabin to be featured here in its entirety. That includes the brand new Audi virtual cockpit, a 10.1-inch centre display linked to Audi’s latest MMI system, as well as Qi wireless charging tray for compatible smartphones and possibly a high-performance Bang & Olufsen sound system.

Engine offerings should mirror the A4’s as well. Models equipped with the 2.0 litre four-cylinder TFSI engine (available in 150 PS, 190 PS and 245 PS outputs) will feature a 12-volt MHEV system for the first time, which employs a belt alternator starter and lithium-ion battery. It’s not the full 48-volt system though, so features such as coasting phases, recuperation output and the CO2 savings are reduced.