Audi South Africa says the arrival of the facelifted A4 later in 2020 will see the local introduction of “Audi Connect” technology.

When the updated A4 sedan range hits the market in October, it will be offered with Audi Connect, which the Ingolstadt-based firm describes as a technology that “brings real-time online connectivity to the driving experience with a host of features linking the car, driver and environment via the smartphone”.

This includes delivering internet services to the vehicle via an embedded SIM, used through the myAudi app. The company says the Audi MMI system and virtual cockpit become the “mechanic of use”.

It describes the app as the “central nervous system for Audi connect”, allowing digital access to the vehicle from “anywhere and at any time”. In effect, the driver can access important vehicle information (such as fuel level, range, service appointments and warning messages), manage data and configure and set up certain services.

Audi Connect furthermore includes “live and integrated” Google Earth navigation, complete with traffic and weather information.

The German firm’s local arm says Audi Connect will begin to roll out to the rest of its range from the final quarter of 2020 as “part of a model year change”. However, the Q2, TT and R8 currently aren’t in line to receive the technology.