Audi Announces New S4 Saloon & Avant will be Diesel Powered
Exploring the car industry right now, you will find that many brands are quietly moving away from diesel-powered vehicles. The perception of diesel has changed in recent years with reports suggesting that while it may be more efficient it is particularly damaging to the environment. You might, therefore, assume that Audi would follow suit.
However, if the latest announcements are anything to go by, Audi remains committed to diesel for the foreseeable future. Indeed, the car company giant have now stated that both the S4 Saloon and the Avant will be diesel powered.
About the Audi S4 Saloon and Avant
Both these vehicles are the top of the range when it comes to Audi’s latest offerings on the market. The vehicle is designed to provide a high level of space, incredible luxury features and a beautiful aesthetic guaranteed to impress buyers. The updated versions of these vehicles are under wraps and currently in the testing phases. However, these are sure to be revealed later this year.
As to be expected with the diesel hybrid engine, the fuel consumption is impressive. The S4 and Avant have a 45.5 mpg and a 44.8 mpg respectively. Furthermore, emissions range between 161-163/km and 164km CO2.
Those familiar with the S5, S6 or S7 Sportback Audis will be pleased to find that the mild hybrid engine found in the new models is the same used in these high-performance vehicles. Audi is using this engine as a way to ensure that they do meet these WLTP tests as well as fleet emission targets in 2019.
A well as this, the powertrain will match the performance of a 3.0 litre V6 TDI diesel as well as a 48V belt-driven starter motor end, electrically powered compressor. The diesel engine in the new vehicle will provide 516 lb-ft of torque and 342bhp.
This means that the S4 saloon will go from 0 to 62 in just 4.8 seconds. The Avant will reach the same speed 0.1 seconds slower.
Audi’s Commitment to Diesel
Audi’s continued commitment to diesel vehicles should not come as a surprise to those who have been paying attention to the industry. In 2017, Stadler suggested that while in the next ten years, 30% of new cars would be purely electric, 70% would still be diesel and petrol. The chairman reaffirmed that the car company needed to accept this reality and continue to plan to release vehicles with this in mind.
Furthermore, while the company accepted that the reputation for diesel had been damaged, they also were quick to highlight the new improvements in the fuel. Audi described the EU6 version of the fuel as providing a really clean power source and suggested that diesel power should no longer be punished.
Despite this, outside of Audi, many car companies are dropping diesel. Toyota ceased sales of diesel cars throughout Europe this year while Nissan is gradually reducing its production of diesel cars. It will be interesting to see whether buyers continue to embrace this form of power from a highly trusted and reputable car manufacturer like Audi.
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