Audi of America will start offering 3.0-liter V-6 diesel engines in its A8, A7 and A6 cars as well as in the Q5 crossover in 2013. Audi is set to unveil these four models equipped with the TDI diesel engines next week. Audi is already offering a diesel engine in the Q7 crossover, but its 2013 model will be powered by an updated engine.
Audi has dropped a plan to offer a TDI engine on the A3, but it will unveil a redesigned model in early 2014. The German carmaker disclosed that the aforementioned diesel models will feature 30-percent improved fuel economy as well as lower carbon dioxide emissions than comparable gasoline engines. In a statement, Scott Keogh, president of Audi of America, said that owners of Audi TDI engines have saved over 4 million gallons of gasoline, or the equivalent of more than 240,000 barrels of foreign oil, since the Audi TDI was introduced in the U.S. in 2009.
Audi is planning to employ social media, including Twitter and Facebook, to promote the expanded diesel-engine lineup. Audi will start selling the A8 diesel this spring and the other three models next fall. The A8 TDI will have an estimated fuel economy rating of 24 mpg city and 36 mpg highway. Audi commenced selling the 2013 diesel Q7 in September, having a starting price of $52,895, including destination.
The enhanced TDI clean diesel engine boasts of an increased output of 15 hp to 240 hp, while torque remains at 406 pounds-feet. It featured an EPA mileage rating of 19 mpg city and 28 mpg highway. Audi will release the pricing details for the A8, A7, A6 and Q5 at a date or dates near their showroom debuts.
"Owners of Audi TDI engines have helped save over 4 million gallons of gasoline, or the equivalent of more than 240,000 barrels of foreign oil, since the introduction of Audi TDI to the U.S. in 2009," said Scott Keogh, President, Audi of America. " And, TDI technology delivers better fuel efficiency without sacrificing performance."