More efficient version of A4 sedan is front-drive only.

We know there won’t be a diesel version of the 2017 Audi A4 sold in the U.S., but a more efficient model is still on the way to showrooms. The A4 Ultra will return 27 miles per gallon city, 37 mpg highway, and 31 mpg combined, making it by far the most economical version of the 2017 A4 sold in the U.S.

The 2017 Audi A4 Ultra uses a different 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that’s retuned for fuel efficiency. Compared to the engine in other A4 models, the Ultra’s has a higher compression ratio (11.7:1 versus 9.6:1) and less power, 190 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque compared to 252 hp and 273 lb-ft in the standard A4. The Ultra is available only with front-wheel drive and will reach 60 mph in 7.1 seconds – compared to 6.1 for the regular front-wheel-drive A4.

Its fuel economy ratings easily trump those of the regular A4, which achieves 25/33/28 mpg with front-wheel drive and 24/31/27 mpg with Quattro all-wheel drive. The A4 Ultra also returns better efficiency numbers than rival two-wheel-drive luxury sedans like the BMW 320i, Mercedes-Benz C300, and Lexus IS 200t.

The A4 Ultra will come with all the other features and options offered on other trim levels. It comes standard with Audi pre sense city pre-collision braking, a sunroof, xenon headlights with LED running lights, 17-inch wheels, and LED ambient interior lighting.

The 2017 Audi A4 Ultra goes on sale this fall from $35,850 in Premium trim and $39,650 in Premium Plus trim.

Source: Audi

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