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2017 Audi A4 Diesel Coming to the U.S.

Audi A4 Diesel

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The Audi A4 is a popular car choice in the United States but, debuting March 2016, the ninth generation of the upscale sedan is a little different. The 2017 Audi A4 Diesel is coming to America. Diesel is exciting because the fuel offers more torque and runs quietly. Diesel cars also tend to hold their value better than their gasoline-fueled counterparts and offer greater fuel economy. Proof in point? Since 2006, every car to win the Le Mans endurance race ran diesel. However, there are other reasons to be excited about the 2017 Audi A4.

Here is what you need to know about this exciting new car.

Engine

The 2017 A4 will be available with two engine choices. Both will feature Audi’s quattro all-wheel drive. One will be a turbo-charged, gasoline-powered 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 252 horsepower (a 25 percent increase over earlier models) while the other is the long-awaited A4 diesel. The latter will also feature a turbo-charged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, with 190 horsepower. Torque will also be different between the fuel options. The gasoline-powered A4 will offer 273 pound-feet of torque while the diesel option will bring 236 pound-feet to the table.

Drive Options

Front wheel drive options, in both gasoline and diesel-powered configurations, is expected in the same model year. All four cars will feature a 7-speed S Tronic transmission with a dual clutch, and Audi will not be offering a CVT.

Fuel Economy

These numbers are not available yet, but Audi seems hopeful. The car company is expecting the fuel economy to improve by over 21 percent from earlier A4 models.

According to the Department of Energy, the 2015 Audi A4 gets 24 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway, for a combined 27 mpg when using premium gasoline. A 21 percent increase would mean a combined mpg of over 32, with 29 mpg in the city and over 38 mpg on the highway.

Interior

Tech-forward people are going to love the 2017 Audi A4. It has certain features like a three-zone climate control system (that comes standard) and a split-folding 40/40/20 rear seat, but what is really exciting is Audi’s MMI control system.

This will be offered in two trims. At its most basic, there will be a 7-inch screen which looks like current Audis, or go for the upscale upgrade and get an 8.3-inch screen robust navigation system with MMI touch. It will feature Google Earth and a touchpad that lets you scrawl letters instead of typing them. You’ll also get Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto, so you can stay connected no matter which operating system you prefer.

The 2017 Audi A4 will feature bi-xenon headlights, standard, and choices of 17, 18, or 19-inch wheels. It is a bit too early yet for pricing, but one thing is for sure — the new A4 is going to change everything. Audi is already hinting about further developments for the model. Motor Authority and others are saying that an S4 should come out about a year after the Audi A4 diesel and an RS4 could come shortly after that.