Boosting fuel efficiency of a top end variant is no easy task but the team behind the 2017 Audi A4 ultra has manage to pull it off.
The new model which is expected to be highly fuel efficiency made possible by a number of tweaks is heading to dealership stores this fall. The EPA estimated ratings for the car is 27 and 37 miles per gallon in city/highway. The bump is quite significant when compared to the standard model which is 25/33 mpg.
2017 Audi A4 Ultra is still powered by the same 2.0-liter TFSI engine which has been downgraded so as to be more fuel efficient. The base model offered up to 252 horsepower combined with 273 lb feet of torque. It is now reduced to 190 horsepower with 236 lb feet of torque with shorter compression methods. The new A4 Ultra is obviously targeted towards the budget conscious buyer who wants the most miles per gallon and doesn’t mind a reduction in overall performance.
Audi has not only constrained the performance of the 2.0-liter powertrain but despite all the new changes they have managed to keep the pricing lower for the base model. The car starts at $35,850 for premium variant while the premium plus is priced at $39,650. The same trimlines used to be on the higher side as the high end plus was priced at $42,050. By reducing the cost of the car, the brand should now be able to reach a new segment where fuel efficiency combined with affordable price could boost sales by significant numbers.
The 2017 Audi A4 Ultra utilizes a front wheel drive system in all its models irrespective of the trimline you go for. A panoramic sunroof ensures a luxurious ride experience for the passengers. The car has LED interior lighting to set the right ambience and is equipped with the company’s proprietary pre sense, city safety systems. These safety features come in handy when you go on long trips with your family.
Acceleration capability of the Audi A4 ultra is mediocre. The car can go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 7.1 seconds. The downgraded engine contributes to this factor as the 2016 model can do the same in just 6.1 seconds. But, when it’s all about efficiency and less about performance, compromises are inevitable. The model will be available in stores this fall. An official release date is yet to be confirmed by Audi.