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Diesels are starting to make a serious push in the U.S. marketplace and while both the Japanese (Mazda) and Americans (General Motors) are planning oil burners for our shores, it’s the Germans that have always cornered the market on diesel options for passenger cars.
While VW has offered diesels for years, its Audi luxury brand has only had the A3 TDI on the market for a relatively short while. Audi is now looking to expand its diesel lineup, adding a TDI option for the new A6 luxury sedan.
According to the latest reports the A6 will get a 3.0-liter turbo diesel making between 225 and 250-hp. But that’s not all. Audi is also looking to introduce a 313-hp twin-turbo 3.0-liter diesel that would produce well over 400 lb-ft of torque and deliver a 0-60 time of around 5.5 seconds.
Audi has not given any indication of when this diesel A6 might hit our shores.
Audi and parent company Volkswagen have long been proponents of diesel-powered vehicles, and now the German automaker is looking to further the penetration of the original gas-alternative in North America.
During a press conference today, Audi of America boss Johan de Nysschen confirmed that along with the current A3 and Q7 clean diesel models, the U.S. will get diesel versions of the A6 and A8 luxury sedans, as well as a diesel version of the Q5.
The expansion of Audi’s TDI portfolio will take place over the next 24-36 months says de Nysschen.
Unfortunately no diesel A4 will be available, at least not until the next generation of the car in 2015.