Audi to launch diesel variant of A4 in India in February 2017.
Since its launch in September last year, the new A4 has been offered with only a 150hp 1.4-litre turbo-petrol engine, with the automaker having put off the launch of the diesel car to a later stage at the time. Now, Audi is set to launch the long-awaited diesel engine version of the A4 in February.
The delay in the launch of the diesel version has been on account of the need to recalibrate the engine for lower grade BS IV fuel. The 2.0-litre diesel engine is built for Euro VI-compatible fuel which is not yet available in India.
The new EA288 diesel engine is rated to deliver 190hp, 15hp up from the old A4 35TDI’s power output. The engine will be paired with an Audi S Tronic seven-speed dual-clutch automatic ’box as standard, though a six-speed manual could join the A4 line-up as an entry-level version in the future.
As with its petrol sibling, the diesel A4 will also be front-wheel drive only; Audi’s Quattro all-wheel-drive system is unlikely to be offered on any version.
The diesel A4 will rival the likes of the BMW 320d and the Mercedes C 220 d, with prices expected to be competitive.