New Diesel Car Lineup for 2013: Preview and Report

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Porsche Cayenne Diesel in Reutte, Austria

Porsche became the fifth automaker to bring diesel to U.S. shores with its Cayenne, which is slowly becoming available at dealerships. The diesel Cayenne has been for sale in Europe since 2009 and the same 3.0-liter V6 has also been offered in the Panamera grand tourer, although there are no plans at this time to bring that model to the U.S.

The midsize SUV is powered by the 240 horsepower V-6 turbo diesel, which produces 406 pound-feet of torque. The Leipzig, Germany-built Cayenne and its diesel power plant are related to corporate cousins the Volkswagen Touareg and Audi Q7. The Cayenne diesel is propelled from 0-60 in 7.2 seconds and has an electronically limited top speed of 135 mph.

The Cayenne Diesel is rated at 19 mpg (12 l/100 km) in the city and 29 mpg (8.11 l/100 km) highway.  Based on this, the Cayenne Diesel can go up to 766 miles (1232 km) on one tank of fuel. The Cayenne can also tow as much as 7,700 lbs, which will be significantly easier with the added torque the diesel model provides.

The Cayenne will be joined sometime in 2013 by a diesel-powered version of the forthcoming Macan, Porsche’s Q5-based compact SUV.


2013 Volkswagen Beetle aka Käfer Diesel

Readers of The Diesel Driver named Volkswagen the 2012 Diesel Car Manufacturer of the Year. VW has offered an impressive line of TDI diesel models to the U.S., and in 2013, the big news is the upcoming 2013 Beetle TDI.

This new Beetle (not to be confused with the New Beetle) is expected to return 29 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway (8.11 k/100km / 6l/100km). The 2013 Beetle will be the first diesel Beetle (Käfer in German) since 2006 in any market worldwide. Buyers are expected to have three trim levels to choose from, as well as a six-speed manual or dual-clutch DSG transmission.

Other VW models are carried over into 2013 without major changes. The Chattanooga, Tennessee-built 2012 Passat TDI was all-new for 2012 and offers a highway range of 800 miles, with EPA ratings of 31 mpg city and 43 mpg highway (7.59 l/100km / 5.47 l/100km).

The Touareg TDI was introduced with a major redesign in 2011 and is rated at 19 mpg city and 28 highway (12.38 l/100km / 8.4 l/100km). Its corporate cousins, the Audi Q7 and Porsche Cayenne, are also available with the 3.0-liter V6 turbo diesel, which, for 2013, sees an increase in output to 240 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque. There are no plans to bring over the 4.2 liter V8 TDI that is currently available to buyers in Europe.

The Jetta TDI, Golf TDI and Jetta SportWagen TDI will also carry into 2013 without change. The Jetta TDI is in The Diesel Driver’s long-term test fleet, and gets 30 mpg in the city and 42 mpg on the highway (7.84 l/100km / 5.6 l/100km).

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