Now scheduled to go on sale next March, the new A4 will be offered with a diesel variant for the first time in the U.S., sporting a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder diesel engine with 190 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque.
The 2017 Audi A4 diesel will have a seven-speed S Tronic dual-clutch transmission with front-wheel models coming later on in the model year. Those not wanting a diesel powerplant can opt for the standard 2.0-liter TFSI four-cylinder engine with 252 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque. Both engines will initially launch with quattro all-wheel drive only.
The German automaker hasn’t announced fuel economy figures for the U.S. yet, but said that MPG is expected to improve by 21 percent, despite the increase in performance. Audi is keeping quiet on pricing for the U.S., which is no surprise considering it won’t launch for a few more months, so expect pricing details to come as we get closer to the 2017 Audi A4’s arrival.
As for rumors, those eagerly waiting for a manual transmission will have to hold on, as the automaker is hinting at the possibility even for the diesel model.
Expect the S4 to arrive a year after the 2017 Audi A4’s launch and you can bet the company is working on a hardcore RS4 variant as well.
[Source: Motor Authority]
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