Diesel Car Lineup in the U.S. for 2013 and 2014: Preview and Report

By Dan Collins on 1 January 2013
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New Models, New Engines, New Manufacturers for the New Year

2013 Mercedes-Benz GL350 BlueTec

2013 Mercedes-Benz GL350 BlueTec

With the start of 2013 only a few weeks away the discussion is already shifting to new cars for model year 2014 and more than a few automakers will be launching brand new diesel-powered offerings.

2012 was a good year for diesel, even though all of the new models officially wore model-year 2013 labels.  Porsche joined the ranks of automakers selling diesels in the U.S. with the Porsche Cayenne Diesel, and several other new diesel models made their debut, including the Mercedes-Benz GL350 BlueTec, the Volkswagen Beetle TDI, and the Volkswagen Beetle Convertible TDI, the latter being the only diesel-powered droptop sold in the U.S.

These four models are only the beginning.  In 2013 and beyond we’ll see multiple new diesel-powered offerings in store for buyers in the U.S.

Expect Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler/Jeep, and Mazda to join the diesel party plus new models from Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz.

Here’s a look at what diesel buyers can expect in U.S. showrooms in 2013.


Audi A8 TDI near the Zugspitze

Audi A8 TDI near the Zugspitze

Last month in Los Angeles, Audi officially announced its diesel plans for 2013.

The Ingolstadt-based marque will offer the A6, A7 and A8 diesel sedans in 2013, as well as the mid-sized Q5 crossover for the 2014 model year.  The A8 TDI will be the first to reach the States in the spring of 2013, with the A6 TDI and A7 TDI following in the fall.

The four new models will be joining the Q7 TDI in Audi’s diesel fleet, and will be using an updated version of the 3.0-liter V6 turbodiesel that is also found in the Volkswagen Touareg TDI and the Porsche Cayenne Diesel. The Q7 will also get the new engine for 2013.

Audi estimates that the 240-horsepower A8 TDI will achieve 24 mpg (9.8l/100km) in the city and 36 mpg (6.53 l/100km) on the highway, and the large sedan will be propelled from 0-60 in 6.4 seconds.

Although not announced, we expect the 3 Series competitor A4 to become available as a diesel with its upcoming redesign for 2014. Audi plans to double its diesel sales in the U.S. by 2015 and offer e-tron electric vehicle technology by 2020.

Two models continue.  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 achieve as much as 51 mpg (4.61 l/100 km) on the highway with its 2.0 TDI power plant.

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