New Midsized Diesel SUVs planned for the USA Market

New Midsized Diesel SUVs planned for the USA Market

The USA market is poised for the introduction of two new midsized diesel SUV's. Two new possible entries into the market from Volkswagen and Audi look promising. 2007? 2008? Later?

Audi USA will introduce to market a TDI in the Q7 model sometime in 2008. This TDI engine will be a mid-sized 3.0L engine that shows that Audi is not only committed to the USA market, but also shows strong technology as a consumer diesel engine manufacturer. If the USA version is anything close to the 3.0 TDI offerings across the pond, we can expect to see a potent 3.0 V6 TDI engine that delivers 233 HP and 368 lb-ft of neck snapping torque. A premium for this vehicle can be expected and we will share more information as it becomes available.

Volkswagen plans to release the Tiguan stateside soon. We can expect to see this new offering with a new common-rail 2.0 TDI engine. A powerful engine that will deliver more than 200 lb-ft of torque, while retaining exceptional fuel economy is exactly what will make this vehicle very popular. This should be the same new TDI engine that will show up in early 2008 in the New Beetle and Jetta models. VW is planning to bring out 50-state compliant versions, so the earliest we will see the Tiguan in TDI form will be very late 2007 or early 2008.

In a market where you can have a passenger car with a smaller diesel engine, or choose options such as huge V8 Truck or Van diesel engines, these two new offerings will override the market. Plenty of power, economy, and german engineering. Diesels typically offer a fuel economy gain of 30% over similar gasoline engines. Let's just hope that these versions will come out that are affordable to the average family.

Posted in | | | Submitted by deviantspeed on Thu, 2006-12-14 22:33.
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