The 2017 A4 TDI has just been cancelled by automaker Audi but this is a hardly surprising thought. This Volkswagen-owned car manufacturer is still feeling the aftershocks of what happened with last year’s Dieselgate scandal. However, executives from the firm stated that the decision to kill this particular vehicle before it even came into western shores has nothing to do with the emissions cover-up that had happened.
Audi Stated That the Reason Behind the Cancellation of the 2017 A4 TDI Had Nothing to do With Previous Scandals
Scott Keogh, boss of the American Division of Audi, had stated, ““We will get the cars certified and we would have brought [the A4 diesel] if there was enough demand.” This was stated in an interview with trade journal Automotive News. He then continues on by saying, “Every decision is a blend of a lot of things but I think the predominant thing is there was not significant market demand for the TDI sedans we had in the marketplace: A3, A6, A7, A8.”
With what has been said with regards to the 2017 Audi A4 TDI, it will now be exclusively offered with a turbocharged 2.0-liter TFSI four-cylinder engine within the foreseeable future. Said engine will be able to generate 252 horsepower that is between 5,000 and 6,000 rpm. Furthermore, it is claimed to generate 273 pound-feet of torque from 1,6000 to 4,500 rpm. The vehicle is offered with either a front-wheel or an all-wheel drive. It aims to go from 0 to 60 mph in 6.1-seconds. Its top speed is at 130 mph while using its quickest configuration.
Interested purchasers that are looking to get a diesel-powered 2017 A4 TDI are out of luck, well, at least in the near future anyway. Keogh affirms that the company is still committed with regards to offering diesel-powered SUVs within the United States, despite the future may look quite bleak with regards to oil-burning sedans. They will continue on doing this primarily because they are still quite popular within U.S. soil.
As per Automotive News, there are 22-percent of all Audi Q7s and 12-percent of al Q5s sold that are equipped with the TDI engine. Even though the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) did not allow the car manufacturer to sell diesels within the US since late last year, the company is still working on getting it re-certified. As for when that could happen, only time will tell when it will become an absolute reality. For now, those who are looking for a diesel-powered 2017 A4 TDI may have to make do with the turbocharged engine.