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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Offering a competitive segment-leading EPA-estimated 31-mpg combined fuel economy rating, the 2017 Audi A4 ultra is an efficient entry-level luxury sedan with uncompromising design, technology and driving dynamics.

 

The A4 ultra leverages a newly revised combustion method and an even more efficient variant of the 2.0-liter TFSI® engine to achieve EPA-estimated ratings of 27 mpg city and 37 mpg highway. No other luxury sedan in its competitive segment offers higher EPA-estimated city or highway mileage.

The 2.0T engine is mated to a seven-speed S tronic® dual clutch transmission, which can deliver 190 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque and sprints from 0-60 mph in 7.1 seconds. To help increase engine efficiency, the A4 ultra’s 2.0T engine utilizes a combustion method with shorter compression and longer-expansion phases. The compression ratio was increased from 9.6:1 to 11.7:1, further improving the engine’s efficiency and allowing for greater power and torque delivery.

The A4 ultra, while offering outstanding fuel efficiency, also integrates benchmark technologies including the available Audi virtual cockpit, optional MMI all-in-touch (MMI® Navigation plus package) and newly available in-car Audi connect® infotainment and security features, supported by 4G LTE connectivity (where available from provider).

Offering a number of standard and available, driver assistance features, including standard Audi pre sense basic and city and available Audi pre sense rear and Audi side assist, the A4 ultra is not only efficient, but is also designed to help drivers navigate the road and traffic while making their driving experience more enjoyable.

The A4 ultra shares the exterior attributes of the A4 sedan including the signature Singleframe® grille, standard panoramic sunroof, Audi xenon plus headlights with LED daytime running lights and dynamic LED taillights and standard 17" 5-parallel spoke design wheels with all-season tires. The refined interior includes standard ambient LED lighting, leather seating surfaces, and three-zone automatic climate control with wing-design wrap-around dashboard and diffuser air vent.