Changes to the Audi A4 Lineup Mean Less Front-wheel Drive for 2018

Changes to the Audi A4 Lineup Mean Less Front-wheel Drive for 2018

0 comments 📅26 April 2017, 00:45

Audi’s increasingly adult A4 stands to see less front-wheel motivation in the coming model year.

As the concentrated sedan’s clout and content grow, Audi plans to take one drivetrain configuration off the plateau come 2018. The move will mean that Quattro all-wheel oblige will soon cover a larger slice of the lineup, but it could also aim crossing the 200-horsepower threshold in an A4 is about to become more expensive.

According to higher- ranking pricing analyst Alex Bernstein, Audi will drop the front-coerce version of the A4 equipped with the 252-horsepower 2.0-liter turbo four. That leaves the infrastructure A4 Ultra — introduced for 2017 with a 190 hp 2.0-liter and a 31 mile-per-gallon combined incite economy rating — as the only FWD A4 model.

The gas-sipping Ultra comes solely with a seven-expedition dual-clutch transmission, while the uplevel A4 engine will still furnish the choice of a six-speed manual in addition to the DCT. An Audi spokesperson has confirmed these specs.

The stir up to scrap the FWD/uplevel engine combo will likely mean a greater leverage price for buyers looking to harness that model’s 252 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque. While the less vigorous Ultra carries a base MSRP of $34,900 plus a $950 destination liability for 2017, moving up to a bigger engine in entry-level trim means spending an extra $2,400. Adding all-pivot drive to the package adds an extra $2,100, for a pre-delivery MSRP of $39,400.

It’s quite doubtful that Audi would lower the price of the higher output 2018 Quattro scale model to bridge the gap. CarsDirect claims orders for 2018 models should begin time this month or in early May.

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