New Diesel Car Lineup for 2013: Preview and Report
Not terribly long ago, September marked the start of the new automotive model year. Manufacturers would show off their new models and new features and the previous year’s models would be discounted to clear space for everything new. While things have become more fluid as competition among manufacturers has increased, 2013 has several new diesel-powered offerings in store for buyers in the U.S.
Cadillac, Chevrolet, and Porsche will be officially joining the five manufacturers currently offering the seven diesel passenger cars and seven diesel SUVs in the U.S., riding on a 35% increase in diesel sales in the first quarter of 2012 over the last year. Mazda has also announced plans to bring diesel to the U.S. in 2013, along with Jeep re-joining the ranks of diesel power with the launch of its 2014 Grand Cherokee early next year, with the world awaited three-liter Fiat-developed turbo diesel.
BMW has announced that it will be expanding its selection of diesel vehicles in 2013, which currently consists of the X5 xDrive35d, as the 335d was discontinued after the E90 3-series ceased production in 2011. Both Volkswagen and Mercedes will be expanding their diesel offerings in 2013 as well.
The rumor mill continues to growl. At the 2011 Frankfurt International Automobile Show, Jaguar Land Rover executives told The Diesel Driver in an exclusive interview that they plan to offer U.S. customers a diesel Land Rover within the next few years, although the timeframe has yet to be determined and is likely not to be imminent. The TD4, TDV6, and TDV8 motors are available across the Land Rover offerings in Europe, and a Jaguar XF with the automaker’s 2.2 liter four cylinder turbo diesel was driven across the United States in 2011 as part of a publicity campaign.
Here is what 2013 has in store for U.S. diesel buyers:
2013 is poised to be a big year for Audi clean diesel technology in the U.S. In an exclusive interview with The Diesel Driver, Audi’s head of U.S. product strategy Wayne Killen discussed the Ingolstadt marque’s plan to bring three new diesel models to U.S. dealers for 2013. Thanks to the sales figures for the A3 TDI and Q7 TDI, both introduced to the U.S. market in 2009 (and unchanged for the 2013 model year), Audi will introduce even more diesel models in 2014 and 2015.
Audi’s midsize A6 and large A8 sedans will hit showrooms for the 2013 model year with a more powerful twin turbocharged 3.0-liter six, as will the midsize Q5 crossover. The 3-series competitor A4 will become available as a diesel with the upcoming redesign in 2014. Audi plans to double its diesel sales in the U.S. by 2015 and offer e-tron electric vehicle technology by 2020.
The compact A3 TDI returns 30 mpg in the city and 42 mpg (7.8 l/100 km / 5.6 l/100 km) on the highway, and the full-size Q7 TDI SUV is rated at 17 mpg in the city and 25 on the highway (13.83 l/100 km / 9.4 l/100 km). The upcoming A4 in Europe has been reported to return as much as 51 mpg (4.61 l/100 km) on the highway with its 2.0 TDI power plant.