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The new Audi A4 2.0TDI e is about to become the most fuel-efficient A4 ever. Capable of a stunning 51 miles per gallon, the new TDI e gets twice the fuel mileage of the A4 2.0T – Audi's most miserly U.S. model – without increasing its price. So what's the catch? Don't expect to see one at your local dealers – Audi isn't selling the economical A4 in the United States.

Available for order now in Germany, the new A4 2.0TDI e is powered by a 136 horsepower 2.0-liter turbodiesel four-cylinder – admittedly significantly less than the 2.0T's already-burdened 211 horsepower. But because of its considerable torque numbers, the 2.0TDI e still manages to move well off the line, with the sedan pinning down a 0-to-60 time somewhere around 9.5 seconds. Not bad considering the A4 gives up very little in terms of features and drivability to achieve its hybrid-rivaling fuel mileage numbers.

"The A4 2.0TDI e is particularly persuasive proof that efficiency, outstanding performance, comfort, and driving enjoyment are not mutually exclusive,” said Michael Dick, an Audi Board of Management Member for Technical Development.

Audi says that the A4 2.0TDI e's best mileage comes with the standard 6-speed manual transmission – arguably more sporty than an automatic, but unlikely to win favor with U.S. buyers, should Audi ever decide to sell the 2.0TDI e in the States. Still, the fuel numbers – which drop to 49mpg if you choose the A4 Avant wagon – would likely be similar with an automatic, although Audi says its manual-only start-stop function deserves some credit the 2.0TDI e's remarkable efficiency.

While Audi has not officially stated the A4 2.0TDI e won't make it to the States, the automaker hasn't shown a U.S. version, nor given any timeframe for its potential debut. However, we wouldn't rule it out just yet, as Audi continues to add diesel models to its American product line – and even recently promised diesel versions of most of its U.S. models by 2015.

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