2017 U.S. Spec Audi A4 Starts Under $40,000

2017 Audi A4
2017 Audi A4
2017 Audi A4

Audi enthusiasts, feat=st your eyes on the all-new 2017 Audi A4. When compared to its predecessor, the new model is even better to drive thanks to the new MQB platform and it is brimming with useful and highly sophisticated technologies.

A base front-wheel-drive 2017 Audi A4 2.0T Premium starts at $37,300 (which is $475 more than a comparable 2016 model). However, the bread and butter model in the lineup is the A4 2.0T Quattro Premium, which starts at $40,350. The 2017 Audi A4 2.0T Quattro Premium is $1,425 more than a comparable 2016 model with an automatic transmission and $2,425 more than a 2016 model equipped with six-speed manual transmission (which has been discontinued for 2017). All 2017 Audi A4 models will come standard with a re-programmed seven-speed S-tronic dual-clutch transmission, which was previously only available on the S4.  Front-wheel-drive models equipped with CVT (formerly known as FrontTrak)  have also been discontinued for 2017.

The ubiquitous 2.0 L Turbocharged four-cylinder engine now produces 252 horsepower and 273 lb.ft. torque (an increase of 32 horsepower and 25 lb.ft. torque from 2016).

The First Edition models (pictured in white) are based on the mid-level Premium Plus trim and includes cooled front sport seats,, unique aluminum interior inlays, a three-spoke flat-bottom steering wheel, and special 18-inch alloy wheels. There is no set production limit on the First Edition cars and can be ordered throughout the 2017 model year. Pricing has not been announced for the First Edition package, but it will need ordering the Sport and Technology packages.

TDI models are currently on indefinite hold, while the high-performance S4 and the Allroad wagon soldier on unchanged through 2016.

Standard equipment on 2017 Audi A4 now include three-zone climate control, ambient LED lighting throughout the cabin, Audi Drive Select, forward collision alert with pedestrian detection and auto-braking on top the current standard features, which consist of Bi-Xenon headlamps with LED Daytime Running Lights, eight-way power front leather seats with four-way lumbar support, and moonroof. Audi’s Drive Select offers custom settings for the steering and transmission and can also adjust the optional adaptive dampers and adaptive cruise control. For 2017, Sirius XM radio and an alarm system are part of a $900 Convenience package, which also includes seat-memory functions.

The Premium Plus trim ($42,050 FWD, $44,150 Quattro) adds keyless entry with push-button start, the convenience package, LED headlights, 18-in alloy wheels, additional exterior chrome moldings, Google Earth navigation with six months of Audi Connect data services, HD Radio, Bluetooth audio streaming, and a larger central color LED screen for the instrument panel. Audi Connect now includes telematics services for the first time, and it includes stolen-vehicle tracking and it sends an automatic crash alerts to local SOS call center.

2017 Audi A4 Prestige Cockpit
2017 Audi A4 Prestige Cockpit

The top-of-the-range Prestige trim ($46,850 FWD, $48,950 Quattro) replaces the analog gauges with Audi Virtual Cockpit, which features a large 12.3 in screen for the driver and displays full-width maps and includes an assortment of high-resolution customized graphics. The Audi Virtual Cockpit is optional on the Premium Plus trim as part of the $3,250 Technology package. The Prestige trim also includes blind-spot monitoring and Pre-sense rear, which includes rear cross-traffic alert and warns the occupants when someone opens the door into traffic or a cyclist, and it also prepares the vehicle for an impending rear-end collision by closing the windows, tightening the seat belts, and priming the brakes.

Three additional packages can be optioned onto the Prestige trim. The Warm Weather Package ($1,450) includes cooled front sport seats with four-way lumbar and manual rear side shades. The Driver Assistance Package ($1,800) adds adaptive cruise control with traffic-jam assist, active lane assist, auto high beams, traffic sign recognition, turn assist, that auto-brakes the A4 during left turns, and an adaptive sport suspension ($1,000) which lowers the car by 0.4 inches.

19-inch wheels wrapped in summer tires are optional on Premium Plus and Prestige trim levels.

A non-adjustable sport suspension lowers the car by 0.9 inches and is available across the range with the $750  Sport Package, which includes sport seats with four-way lumbar support and black headliner. Rear side airbags ($350) and rear heated seats ($500)  are also available as an option across the model range.

The first wave of 2017 Audi A4 sedans will arrive at dealerships in spring after its American debut at 2016 North American International Auto Show in Detroit next week.

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