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L.A. Auto Show preview: Audi confirms four new diesel models

November 19, 2012|By David Undercoffler
  • Audi will unveil four new diesel models and an updated Q7 TDI at the 2012 L.A. Auto Show.
Audi will unveil four new diesel models and an updated Q7 TDI at the 2012 L.A.… (Audi )

Four rings, four diesels. It's an easy way to remember what Audi has planned for next week's Los Angeles Auto Show.

The company announced Monday that it will be unveiling a quartet of fuel-efficient oil-burners at the L.A. Auto Show that are not yet available in the U.S.

The models getting TDI diesel variants are the A6, A7, A8, and Q5. All four will share a 3-liter turbocharged V-6.

Photos: Audi's diesel lineup announced for L.A. Auto Show

Exact output has been announced only for the A8. In that full-size sedan, Audi says it will have 240 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque, enough to move the car from zero to 60 in 6.4 seconds. It will do this, Audi points out, while getting an estimated 24 miles per gallon in the city and a dramatic 36 mpg on the highway. The A8 will go on sale in spring 2013.

The other three getting the diesel engine option are the mid-size A6 sedan, its mechanically identical yet more expressively styled A7 four-door coupe and the Q5 crossover SUV. These models will go on sale in fall 2013.

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This engine is already in the updated 2013 Q7 TDI, Audi's seven-passenger crossover. In this application, fuel economy is rated at 19 mpg in the city and 28 on the highway.

We'll be covering the official unveiling of these Audi diesels from the L.A. Auto Show on media days Nov. 28-29. The show will be open to the public from Nov. 30 to Dec. 9. Stay tuned.


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