Next-Generation Audi A4 in U.S. To Offer Diesel Option
- The next-generation Audi A4 sedan in the U.S. will feature an optional 2.0-liter four-cylinder TDI engine.
- The new Audi A4 will arrive sometime in 2014.
- Audi of America plans to beef up its TDI or diesel lineup in the U.S.
HERNDON, Virginia — The next-generation Audi A4 sedan in the U.S. will feature an optional 2.0-liter four-cylinder TDI engine, said Scott Keogh, Audi of America president, on Tuesday in a conference call with reporters.
The next-generation Audi A4 will arrive sometime in 2014. Pricing and launch details on the diesel variant of the Audi A4 were not disclosed.
Audi of America plans to beef up its TDI or diesel lineup in the U.S. Audi offers a TDI engine in the Q7 and the outgoing A3 hatchback. The automaker has touted the benefits of diesel, especially improvements in fuel economy and range. The 240-horsepower TDI engine in the 2013 Q7, for example, enables the vehicle to have a range in excess of 600 miles per tank.
The 2013 Audi Q7 with the 3.0-liter V6 diesel engine returns 19 mpg in city driving and 28 miles per gallon on the highway, according to the EPA. In comparison, the 2013 Audi Q7 with the 3.0-liter V6 gasoline engine returns 16 mpg in city driving and 22 mpg on the highway.
However, diesel fuel typically costs more than regular unleaded gasoline here. The AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report on Wednesday pegged the average price for a gallon of unleaded gasoline at $3.70 versus $4.08 for diesel.
Edmunds says: Audi clearly is betting on diesel as it plans on adding the option to its best-selling A4 in the U.S.