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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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RE: Good.
By Mr772 on 3/9/2011 6:56:36 PM , Rating: 2
I haven't seen it pointed out but durability is also a factor when talking gas vs diesel engines - diesels are more durable and last much longer than gas engines. The 7.3L Ford PSD engine is called the "800,000 mile motor" for a reason.

I have an 09 2.0L TDI Jetta Sportwagen that is a blast to drive, with a chip tune I'm turning 185hp and 293lbs torque all while getting 45+ mpg's of mixed driving 30%city/70%freeway. And I don't have a light foot, I have lots of state patrol notes to prove it.

American companies are idiots for not offering more diesel options to consumers.


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