Preview: 2013 Diesel Car Lineup in the U.S.
Editor’s Note: A more up-to-date 2013 preview was published on September 1: New Diesel Car Lineup for 2013: Preview and Report
As interest in diesels continues to grow, in the next 12-18 months several automobile manufacturers, including Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler (Jeep), and Porsche, will be joining the diesel party. In the U.S., sales were up 35% in the first quarter year-over-year.
Currently, four manufacturers offer a total of 13 vehicles. This is comprised of seven passenger cars: the Audi A3 TDI, the Mercedes-Benz E350 BlueTec, the Mercedes-Benz S350 BlueTec, the Volkswagen Golf TDI, the Volkswagen Jetta Sedan TDI, the Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen TDI, and the Volkswagen Passat TDI, as well as six SUVs: the Audi Q7 TDI, the BMW X5 xDrive35d, the Mercedes-Benz ML350 BlueTec, the Mercedes-Benz R350 BlueTec, the Mercedes-Benz GL350 BlueTec, and the Volkswagen Touareg TDI.
The field will dramatically expand starting in late summer with new entries from Volkswagen, Porsche, Chevrolet, and Mercedes-Benz, roughly in that order. In addition, Cadillac, Jeep, and Mazda have all announced plans to sell diesel cars in the U.S. and BMW will reportedly add one or two diesels to its diesel lineup, which until recently was comprised of the 335d and X5 xDrive35d. Sales of the 335d, which was named the 2011 Diesel Car of the Year by readers of The Diesel Driver, were discontinued at the end of 2011 when the next-generation (F30) 3 Series went on sale. The BMW X5 diesel was the 2012 Diesel Car of the Year.
At the 2011 International Automobile Show in Frankfurt, Jaguar Land Rover executives told The Diesel Driver it will offer U.S. customers the option of a diesel-powered Land Rover in the next few years, although the timeframe has yet to be determined and it is likely not to be imminent.
Here’s how 2013 is expected to look.
In an exclusive interview with The Diesel Driver’s Jonathan Spira, Audi head of strategy Wayne Killen revealed plans to add several diesel models. The year 2013 should see Audi introduce an A6 TDI, A8 TDI, and Q5 TDI in the U.S. Once the next-generation A4 is introduced, the U.S. will get an Audi A4 TDI as well, according to Killen.
Audi currently offers the A3 TDI, which gets 30 mpg (7.8 l/100 km) in the city and 42 mpg (5.6 l/100 km) on the highway, and the Q7 TDI, which gets 17 mpg (13.83 l/100 km) in the city and 25 mpg (9.4 l/100 km) on the highway. Both remain unchanged for 2013.
BMW executives have hinted that additional diesel models will join the X5 in calendar year 2013 but no specific plans have been announced.
The BMW X5 diesel was voted the 2012 Diesel Car of the Year by readers of The Diesel Driver and the 335d received the same award in 2011.