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All 2010 Q7s to receive mid-cycle update
For 2010 the Audi Q7 lineup of SUVs will receive several updates, as well as the addition of a new engine option.
Going on sale later this year, the 2010 Q7 will be available with two gasoline engines, as well as a clean diesel 3.0-liter TDI V6 powerplant. The move to bring clean diesel technology to North America comes as Audi has achieved Bin5 and ULEV II emissions standards in all 50 states.
The new TDI powerplant makes 225hp and 406 ft-lbs of torque at a whopping 23.2 lbs of boost. The engine itself is comprised of an iron block with aluminum heads and a variable turbine geometry turbo guarantees excellent delivery of power.
Performance is rated a 8.5 seconds to 60 mph, while the all-important fuel-economy is a big plus. The Q7 3.0 TDI is rated at 17/25 mpg (city/hwy) with a combined rating of 20 mpg. To put this into perspective, the V6-powered gasoline Q7 gets 14/20 mpg (or 16 mpg average), while the V8 gets 13/18 mpg or just 15 mpg average.
Audi says the Q7 3.0 TDI will be able to achieve 600 miles on a single tank and that when compared to the price of high octane gasoline (required on all Audi vehicles) the increased price of diesel will pay for itself over a few years due to the added fuel-economy. Other factors are sure to give added value to the diesels as well, such as a higher resale value and an expected tax credit from the federal government.
The new 2010 Q7 models (including the Q7 3.0 TDI) will be available starting in April.
GALLERY: 2010 Audi Q7 3.0 TDI
Keep reading after the jump for a full list of updates to the 2010 Audi Q7 models: