The diesels are coming. Well, one diesel engine sitting pretty under the shapely hoods of five Audi models: the A6, A7 and A8 sedans along with the Q5 crossover are joining the already available Q7, each powered by a 3.0-liter TDI engine offering up 240 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque. Suffice it to say, we're pleased.

Audi promises improvements up to 30 percent in both fuel economy and carbon dioxide emissions when compared to its gasoline engines. Not all figures are available quite yet, but the A8, which is coming first in the spring of 2013, will score an estimated 24 miles per gallon in the city and 36 mpg on the highway. The run to 60 miles per hour is expected to take just 6.4 seconds in the big sedan.

Not to play favorites or anything, but we're definitely looking forward to sampling the Audi A7 TDI when it comes to market in the fall of 2013, along with the A6 and Q5. Pricing is not yet available, though the Q7 has carried a $52,000 base price since it went on sale last September.

See the four new Audi TDI models in our high-res image galleries live from the LA Auto Show above and below, and there's a press release below if you're in the mood for some more reading material. Enjoy all that torque-filled goodness!
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Audi to introduce four new TDI® clean diesel models to the U.S. Market at the L.A. Auto Show

The Audi A8 TDI clean diesel achieves manufacturer estimated fuel efficiency of 24 city/ 36 highway

New 3.0 liter V6 TDI clean diesel models will include the Audi A8, A7, A6, Q5 and an updated Q7 TDI

Audi to use #FuelForThought at the LA Auto Show to create a social media experience at the display and online


Audi of America announces the arrival of the new TDI® clean diesel models for the Audi A8, A7, A6 and Q5 to debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The addition of these four models marks the first time Audi will feature a full lineup of TDI clean diesel vehicles in the U.S. as they join the updated Q7 model. Each TDI vehicle delivers up to 30% better fuel economy and 30% lower carbon dioxide emissions than gasoline engines*, resulting in longer range and fewer trips to the fuel pump. By having more density than gasoline, diesel packs more energy content in the same amount of fuel, which helps maximize the miles per gallon when that energy is released during a more powerful combustion cycle.

The TDI clean diesel engine lineup adds to Audi's list of advanced technologies that help enhance fuel efficiency, including Audi ultra® lightweight technology, such as the use of aluminum, and the AFS® frame technology.

"Owners of Audi TDI engines have helped save over 4 million gallons of gasoline, or the equivalent of more than 240,000 barrels of foreign oil, since the introduction of Audi TDI to the U.S. in 2009**," said Scott Keogh, President, Audi of America. " And, TDI technology delivers better fuel efficiency without sacrificing performance."

In order to fuel the conversation surrounding the benefits of TDI technology in the U.S., Audi will use the hashtag, #FuelForThought and invite fans to join the conversation through a social experience at the display and online.

Audi A8 TDI
The flagship of the Audi brand, the A8 TDI, makes a powerful statement in achieving a manufacturer estimated fuel efficiency of 24 MPG in the city and 36 MPG on the highway*. The A8 TDI clean diesel executive sedan embodies superior design and progressive advancements which sets new standards for luxury sedans in terms of uncompromising efficiency and performance. The new 2014 A8 sedans dramatically expand the flagship's engine offerings by moving from two variants (4.2 liter V8 and W12) to six, including: the entry level A8 3.0T V6; the 420 horsepower A8 4.0T V8; the new Audi S8 4.0T V8; the A8 6.0 liter W12; and the new A8 3.0 TDI V6. The new 3.0 liter TDI clean diesel engine generates an astonishing 240 horsepower with 406 lb.-ft. of torque and seamlessly goes 0-60 in 6.4 seconds.

Audi A7 TDI
The Audi A7 TDI clean diesel is the pinnacle of design and is now more fuel efficient than ever. Without compromising design or performance, every detail of the A7 TDI delivers a striking visual statement. The A7 was the first car in the world to feature available factory-installed Wi-Fi (for up to 8 passenger devices) with Audi connect™ and MMI® navigation plus with 3D Google Earth™ maps. From the groundbreaking available MMI touchpad and its gracefully integrated display screen, to the state-of-the-art head up display, the Audi A7 TDI is the perfect marriage of progressive design, efficiency and versatile space.

Audi A6 TDI
One of Audi's most innovative and technologically advanced models to date, the A6 TDI performance sedan sacrifices virtually nothing in performance, comfort or design. As with the successful A6 TFSI® gas engines, the A6 TDI clean diesel engine can make up to 2,000 decisions per second. Available driver assistance systems include night vision assistant, head-up display and Audi pre sense plus that helps detect imminent collisions and initiates protective measures when needed. Other available intelligent features include head-up display and a MMI Touch pad that recognizes handwriting, along with available Audi connect – the first factory-installed wireless internet connection that enables Google Earth maps, Google Local Search, and a WiFi hotspot for up to eight passenger devices.


Audi Q5 TDI
The Audi Q5 has proven itself an absolute success as one of the best-selling models in the Audi lineup. For the 2014 model year, the Q5 will receive the new TDI engine which will allow for better fuel economy along with increased torque. The Audi Q5 TDI combines the driving appeal of a sedan with high versatility of its interior space and many practical solutions for recreation and everyday driving. Audi has further sharpened the profile of its performance SUV in its design, technological advancements, driver assistance systems and fuel efficiencies. The new TDI clean diesel engine marks the fourth engine variant for the Audi Q5 model lineup, adding to the current four-cylinder 2.0T, the 3.0T V6, and the Q5 hybrid.

Audi Q7 TDI
The Audi Q7 continues to establish the standard in progressive design, sophisticated technology and fuel efficiency in premium sport utility vehicles. The benefits of TDI clean diesel technology are further enhanced through the revised V6 TDI engine that offers a 10 percent efficiency improvement compared to gasoline engines. The revised TDI clean diesel engine has an increased output of 240 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque that helps improve performance and offers impressive fuel economy with an EPA estimated 19 city/ 28 highway miles per gallon*. The incredibly efficient TDI clean diesel engine enables the Q7 TDI to achieve a range in excess of 700 miles per tank***.

2014 MY Availability
A8 TDI Spring 2013
A7 TDI Fall 2013
A6 TDI Fall 2013
Q5 TDI Fall 2013

Pricing for all 2014 MY vehicles to be announced at a later date

2013 MY Availability Starting MSRP
Q7 TDI Since September 2012 $52,000

* EPA estimates. Mileage will vary.
** Based on total A3 TDI and Q7 TDI vehicles sold, average nationwide gasoline fuel prices, and EPA estimated annual average miles driven.
*** Range based on 28-mpg highway EPA estimates and a 26.4-gallon fuel-tank. Mileage will vary.

Where stated, fuel economy values (mpg) are EPA estimates. All other fuel economy values are forecast manufacturer values for the USA; those EPA estimates were not available at time of release. Audi Connect and SiriusXM Traffic services may require additional subscriptions. MSRPs exclude taxes, title, transportation, options and dealer charges.


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      Ryth
      • 2 Years Ago
      Where is the A3 sedan?!?!?!?!?!
      Leon
      • 2 Years Ago
      When I hear people say that they cant tell the difference between the a6 a7 and a8...it makes me think that Autoblog should require you to pass some sort of test before being able to open account....dumbarses
        Leon
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Leon
        an***
        Nemebean
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Leon
        Fair enough, but you do have to admit that telling Audis apart is kind of like playing those kid's games where they have two nearly identical pictures and tell you to find four differences. :-)
          montoym
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Nemebean
          I personally lke a manufacturer that has a solid design ethic. Are you propsing that each vehicle have a totally different design just because?
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Leon
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      jonnybimmer
      • 2 Years Ago
      As happy as I am for Audi expanding their offerings with their impressive diesel powerplants, I am still just as disappointed of them pulling out all but one wagon for the US market. Out of BMW, MB, and Audi, Audi was the least likely to start cutting wagons IMO since I see them the most often here in California.
        Proghog
        • 2 Years Ago
        @jonnybimmer
        Well they got ride of the Avant so they could bring back the Allroad, so you can over pay for that or maybe wait for the Passat Alltrack which will also be expensive but not as expensive as the Allroad. Oh, and BMW is bringing back the 3-series wagon with a diesel!
          montoym
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Proghog
          They got rid of the Avants so they can sell you a Q5 or Q7 instead actually, we're lucky we're even getting the Allroads here. So unfortunate.
      guyverfanboy
      • 2 Years Ago
      I want an A7 BiTDI!
      RudyH
      • 2 Years Ago
      TDI + 240hp, now add in there A4 please! I will want one with the S-Line package please
        Proghog
        • 2 Years Ago
        @RudyH
        Pretty sure the A4 and the new A3 are getting a new 2.0 TDI.
      FIDTRO
      • 2 Years Ago
      Can't wait to test drive these new diesels.
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        icemilkcoffee
        • 2 Years Ago
        Mercedes has been selling its E320 and E350 here with diesel engines for a good decade already.
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        libertedelacroix
        • 2 Years Ago
        BlackDynamite, you have single handedly ruined Left Lane News with your trolling and arguing with Tornado, and you are hell bent on ruining this site as well. Please stop posting. You are a confirmed shill, and for what company? TOYOTA of all of them. I understand being loyal to BMW, Subaru, Benz, Infinti, Porsche, VW, even Honda. But Toyota???? You are the epitome of trolldom, so please do us a favor and **** off.
          Smilez1105
          • 2 Years Ago
          @libertedelacroix
          He ruins a lot of sites. Thankfully he hasn't been on Insideline much lately. It's just sad...
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      desinerd1
      • 2 Years Ago
      I like the new A8 TDI. It's perfect for senior citizens who want a slightly more fuel efficient alternative to Toyota Avalon and don't care about the repair costs.
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        Donny Hoover
        • 2 Years Ago
        Yeah, what are they thinking? Why would anyone want a car that can run on cooking oil when we could be strip mining rare earth metals to make batteries?
          Smilez1105
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Donny Hoover
          Who needs to do the research? It can run on a MAXIMUM of 5% biodiesel. Not exactly a planet saver. These engines aren't Billy's homemade biodiesel that can just stop off at McDoanlds and fill up. T There's hey are a little more advanced than that. But you know that right? There's your second paragraph tough guy.
          Donny Hoover
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Donny Hoover
          Completely false. If you filled one with B20, it would start without a problem. The WARRANTY only allows for B5. Backyard mechanics do slight modifications to the car and run processed cooking oil on much higher mixtures, even up to 100%. In fact, VW has approved some of their cars, including the Golf V, to run on commercial rapeseed oil while maintaining the warranty so yes, you can. I'd also like to beg the question, what is a planet saver? You can put 200,000 miles on an H1 Alpha and still have a smaller carbon footprint than a Prius, and I don't imagine other plugins or hybrids are any better. Natural gas is still a "fossil fuel". If you can run a Golf V on a 100% renewable energy source, is that not saving the planet?
          Smilez1105
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Donny Hoover
          SOOOO many problems with that last one, I can't even begin. Therefore, you can pound your chest. I'm out, shaking my head and chuckling as I walk away.
          Smilez1105
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Donny Hoover
          "I suggest you crawl back under your bridge". Man I love internet tough guys. A) If I spend that much money on a vehicle, I want it to more than, "start without a problem". That's not technology, that's taking a gamle on a $40k plus vehicle. B) "Backyard mechanics do slight modifications" Pardon my French, but are you shitting me?!?! I pay a minimum of $50k for a Q7TDI, and you think I'm going to run it over to Bubba and have him convert it to 'accept' biodiesel? I'm sure your warranty would completely be in tact after pulling that bonehead move. C) Please show a link comparing the carbon footprint of the H1 and Prius over anything even close to 200,000 miles. D) "VW has approved certain specs of B100" ...Certain specs. Exactly. So you're telling me that within 'X' amount of years, VW lots will contain a larger portion of Biodiesel vehicles? Listen, 5 minutes of research for any argument can support either side. And quit with the tough guy act, it detracts from any points you're trying to make.
          Donny Hoover
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Donny Hoover
          Okay dude, lots to talk about Really abbreviated recap: People are running VW group TDI's, mostly golfs and jettas on fry grease. The fuel lines have to be pre-heated to run it. The engine also has to be started on petrodiesel and run until operating temperature before switching over. Before you shut the car off, you have to purge the fuel system again with petrodiesel for about 30 seconds. Due to cooking oil being much more viscous, it can cause all sorts of damage if just tossed into the engine, with out being heated to get to a similar viscosity to pump diesel. It can gum up your fuel lines, pump, filter, etc, etc too. Having said that, it is a pretty easy and inexpensive retrofit. There are even kits sold to do it, and lots of people are doing it. I'm talking science professors too, not morons (Yeah, a lot of morons do try it and end up destroying their cars). However, there is nothing wrong with it if done properly. In fact, people have successfully run for 100k, even 200k plus miles on fry grease. For the article, good luck finding it online (sorry). I saw the published one years ago and it had to do with shipping the nickel and all of the processes to turn it into a battery. Unfortunately, the only thing that comes up searching for it is a bunch of greasy hippies and redneck conservatives trying to refute or support the article for their own partisan reasons. But, the fact that it even came into question is pathetic, and something like a Ford Fiesta or even a mid-sized sedan for that matter would blow both of them out of the water. Also, the fact that the prius still uses nickel batteries is pathetic. For your last point, I have no idea what VW has in store and honestly, probably not. The case I'm trying to make is, we face a lot of problems with EV range, battery feasability, even having to cart around a huge CNG tank in the back of your car. For the record, I love CNG and I'd totally buy one of those civics and hook it up to my house's gas supply. The only problem is I take a lot of long trips. The range sucks and finding a fueling station is near impossible. All problems. All I was trying to say is for VW to alter their cars to run on B100 from the factory is really not that difficult compared to problems with our other alternative fuel vehicles. And no, there's no way in hell I'd run a brand new Q7 on fry grease but I said these engines can run on it, which is true, and not just at billy bob's. Also, if I had a VW product that was warrantied for that rapeseed oil and I had access to the oil, you better believe I'd be running it on B100. If it is good enough for the VW engineers, its good enough for me.
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      FSLIV
      • 2 Years Ago
      I can't tell which one is the A8, A7 or A6!!! UGGGGGG Audi design! SMH
        desinerd1
        • 2 Years Ago
        @FSLIV
        They should put the model badges on front and sides as well.
        icemilkcoffee
        • 2 Years Ago
        @FSLIV
        To be fair, the A7 is instantly recognizable because it looks like a turd with its Crosstour style slope- back.
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