Audi Confirms 2017 A4 Diesel for US
The ninth-generation 2017 Audi A4 will sport a diesel engine for the first time in the U.S., Motor Authority is reporting.
When the sedan launches next March, the 2.0-liter turbocharged oil burner will make 190 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of twist. That’s on top of the 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine that’ll make 252 hp and 273 lb-ft.
But that may not be the best part.
According to Motor Authority, the diesel sedan may make it stateside with a manual transmission, which are definitely not dead, or a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission if you’re not into fun things. An S4 will certainly follow, an RS4 may be in the works and an A4 Avant will definitely not be stateside — that’s what we have the Allroad for, apparently.
Initially, the A4 will be married to Audi’s Quattro all-wheel drive system with front-wheel drive variants arriving later in the year.
There’s been no word on fuel economy figures, but Audi engineers say they expect the car will improve by more than 20 percent even with the horsepower bump. Pricing for the A4 hasn’t been announced.
Like the A3, the new A4 will be seriously tech heavy and options-laden. Along with Audi’s compartmentalized MMI system with Google Maps, the A4 can sport Apple’s Car Play, a 7- or 8.3-inch infotainment screen, handwriting recognition system and a 12.3-inch instrument display screen.
I thought the 1.8T was already a diesel engine. ;-)
Bring back the not on stilts version of the Avant and I would consider it. I've always like the way Audis look, but prefer how BMWs drive. But the Audis are driving better with each generation.
A4 (and Audi in general) has never been about 'dynamic' styling, it's one of the aesthetic traits that a lot of people (myself included) appreciate about the car. My '06 A3 fits in just as well today as it did ten years ago when I purchased it. That said, styling is subjective - I tend to err on the side of conservative. Audi, BMW and Merc recognized a while ago that you cannot venture too far outside of tradition for your bread and butter models, but you can add some flair with some filler models like the A7, which is essentially an A6 with a bit more personality. Apparently, the MLB-EVO architecture upon which the A4/Q7 and all future Audis will be built is designed for more modularity and upgradability throughout the service life. Case in point is the rumored "e-quattro" drivetrain, speculated to appear in the next 18-24 months: driving the front wheels with a gasoline engine and the rear with electric, the shift to a different system voltage which is still another year or two off, continual upgrades to the infotainment, etc.
So the Atkinson cycle 2.0t announced just two months ago with great fanfare for the A4 has magically disappeared? http://blog.caranddriver.com/next-audi-a4-to-revive-an-old-engine-technology-to-achieve-near-diesel-economy/