2009 Audi A4 Fuel Economy, Pricing Announced & Leasing Discussed
AUBURN HILLS, MI – Audi’s new A4 features front-wheel drive and a four-cylinder A4 mated to aCVT gearbox that turning out 23 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway,according to http://blogs.automobilemag.com. The 3.2L V-6 (available only withthe six-speed automatic and all-wheel drive) will deliver 17 mpg in the cityand 26 mpg on the highway. Both four- and six-cylinder engines make use of Audi’snew variable valve lift system, but the V-6 uses the feature on the intakevalves, while the four-cylinder utilizes the technology on the exhaust side.
The211-hp, 258 lb.-ft. turbo four makes 15 more pound-feet of torque than the V-6and the run to 60 mph is just 0.2 seconds slower. When paired with a six-speedautomatic, four-cylinder sedan and Avant models return fuel economy of 21 mpgcity and 27 mpg highway.
Optingfor a six-speed manual transmission (only available on four-cylinder models),Audi will also equip the A4 with a shift indicator light to encourage shiftingat lower engine speeds.
A4s willbegin arriving in dealerships in September, with sedans starting at $32,700 andAvant models beginning at $34,500.
Also, Thecrisis in automotive leasing is unlikely to affect the new Audi A4 compactluxury sedan, which has had a 70 percent lease mix in the current generation, productmanager Carter Balkcom said, according to AutomotiveNews. He said the A4’s strong residuals should protect it from the pullbackin lease financing being generated by other automakers’ large SUVs and pickups.He expects the three-year residual for the new A4 to be about 56 percent — anincrease over the current model’s 51 percent.
Balkcomalso said Audi is not near a decision on whether the A4 will be produced at theplant parent Volkswagen AG is building in Chattanooga, Tenn.
He said a decision isunlikely before next spring.