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, though with two outputs. The engine is turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-4 good for 190 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque in an entry-level A4 Ultra model and 252 hp and 273 lb-ft in the regular A4 and A4 Allroad soft-roader. 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 (standard on A4 Allroad). The only transmission is a 7-speed dual-clutch unit on most models, though the A4 with all-wheel drive can be equipped with a manual at no cost.

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2017 Audi A4

2017 Audi A4

According to the EPA, the front-wheel-drive regular A4 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. EPA-rated figures for the A4 Ultra are yet to be announced but the car is estimated to return up to 31 mpg combined.

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

During the car’s auto show debut, Audi dropped hints about future A4 developments.  We don’t expect the A4 Avant wagon to come to our shores, as the A4 Allroad fills that role. A new S4 is 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.

Below is full pricing for the range:

2017 Audi A4 Ultra - $35,850
2017 Audi A4 - $38,250
2017 Audi A4 Quattro - $40,350
2017 Audi A4 Quattro manual - $40,350
2017 Audi A4 Allroad Quattro - $44,950

All figures include a $950 destination charge.

For more on the Audi A4, read the in-depth reviews over at The Car Connection.