2017 Audi A4 preview

A new generation of the Audi A4 is being launched for 2017, one that’s lighter, more powerful and much more advanced than ever before.

It arrives with only one engine option, a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder good for 252 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. A diesel has been ruled out for now.

Front-wheel drive is standard on the 2017 A4 though buyers can opt for all-wheel drive, and the only transmission right now is a 7-speed dual-clutch unit. No CVT will be offered. Thank the gods.

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2017 Audi A4

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According to the EPA, the front-wheel-drive model returns 25 mpg city, 33 highway and 28 combined. Opt for all-wheel drive and you’re looking at 24 mpg city, 31 highway and 27 combined. As for acceleration, front-wheel-drive models need 6.1 seconds to reach 60 mph while all-wheel-drive versions should do it in 5.7 seconds.

Notable interior equipment includes standard three-zone automatic climate control with rear controls, a 40/40/20 split-folding rear seat, and a choice of two versions of Audi’s latest MMI infotainment system. The base version comes with a 7.0-inch center screen and rotary controller.

The upscale version is known as MMI Navigation Plus with MMI touch. It gets an 8.3-inch screen, a navigation system with Google Earth view, and a touchpad that can be used to scrawl letters with a fingertip. Also available as an option is a digital instrument cluster.

Exterior highlights include standard bi-xenon headlights and available 17-, 18-, and 19-in wheels.

2017 Audi A4

2017 Audi A4

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The starting price for the 2017 A4 is $38,250, including a $950 destination charge. This represents a rise of $1,425 on the starting price of the outgoing model. Opting for all-wheel drive adds $2,100 to the sticker.

During the car’s auto show debut, Audi dropped hints about future A4 developments. A manual transmission is a possibility. We don’t expect the A4 Avant wagon to come to our shores, as a new A4 Allroad will fill that role. A new S4 is also coming likely within the year. It will come with a turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 good for approximately 354 hp and 369 lb-ft. An RS 4 is also in the works though it isn't expected here.

For more on the 2017 Audi A4, read our first drive review.


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