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Audi A6, A8, and Q5 to get TDI power

Audi is no stranger to diesel engines. In Europe and other world markets, Audi has a number of TDI options available for consumers for the many models in its lineup. In the United States, however, those looking for a diesel Audi can only choose from the tiny A3 TDI or the mammoth Q7 TDI.

Now, according to Fourtitude, Audi is looking to spread a bit more TDI lovin' to customers in the U.S. The company just announced today that it would bring its 3.0-liter TDI engine to the A6 sedan, A8 sedan, and Q5 small crossover vehicle.

Those still holding out for a TDI engine in the popular A4 sedan and Avant will have to wait a little longer. Audi officials say that since the current A4 is already in the "advanced stages" of its lifecycle, that U.S. customers will have to wait until the next generation A4 arrives in a few years. 

The 3.0-liter TDI coming to the A6, A8, and Q5 is already available in the Q7 TDI. It generates a respectable 225hp at 3,750 rpm and a gargantuan 406 lb-ft of torque at 1,750 rpm in that application. The engine is capable of giving the 5,567-pound crossover EPA ratings of 17 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. 

The three new TDI models are much lighter which should make the fuel economy gains even more impressive compared to their gasoline engine counterparts.

There were recent reports that General Motors is looking to bring a diesel engine to the U.S. market for its Cruze compact instead of going for a fully-fledged hybrid model.

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VW/Audi Diesels are good
By Beenthere on 3/8/2011 3:45:26 PM , Rating: 2
Glad to see VW/Audi finally bringing more Diesels.

As far as the Q7 weight goes, VW/Audi build true off-road capabilities into their SUVs so they are strong and rugged, unlike some of the poser models now sold by certain car makers as off-road capable.

RE: VW/Audi Diesels are good
By EJ257 on 3/8/2011 3:50:50 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah but you have to ask yourself how many people who buy these things will really use all that off road capability. Probably the only "off road" these things will see is a gravel driveway or parking on the grass.

RE: VW/Audi Diesels are good
By FITCamaro on 3/8/2011 4:59:05 PM , Rating: 2
Yup. The only time an Audi is ever going to see real dirt is if someone happens to take at trip to a state or federal park. No one goes mudding in their Audi.

RE: VW/Audi Diesels are good
By chagrinnin on 3/8/2011 5:01:40 PM , Rating: 2
I'm amazed at the number of trucks and SUV's that come to a near complete stop for a speed bump in the Lowe's parking lot.

RE: VW/Audi Diesels are good
By Spuke on 3/8/2011 5:19:02 PM , Rating: 1
I'm amazed at the number of trucks and SUV's that come to a near complete stop for a speed bump in the Lowe's parking lot.
I have a Ford F250 and I do that. My truck wasn't designed for the Baja 1000, it was designed to carry lots of weight.

RE: VW/Audi Diesels are good
By chagrinnin on 3/8/2011 6:39:06 PM , Rating: 2
The Baja 1000? 0.0

Now, I'm more amazed.

RE: VW/Audi Diesels are good
By titanmiller on 3/8/2011 9:27:38 PM , Rating: 1
Sounds like a highly effective speed bump to me.

RE: VW/Audi Diesels are good
By Integral9 on 3/9/2011 8:19:43 AM , Rating: 2
I'm guessing those people know how much a new suspension costs and don't want to replace it.

Personally, I don't know how people are speeding through the Lowes parking lot with Super Walmart and Sam's Club next door; getting past the front door is like driving through a 3rd world market...

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