Those yearning for more European diesel power won’t have to wait too much longer. That is, if you’re a fan of the four-ringed brand.
At a press conference at its Virginia headquarters, company president Johan de Nysschen confirmed the inclusion of A6, A8, and Q5 TDI models to its U.S. lineup. The vehicles will join the much-loved Q7 and A3 TDIs at dealers in the next 24 to 30 months and will be powered by the brand’s turbocharged diesel 3.0-liter V-6 engine.
If you’re wondering about the A4, extensive costs and its already established design prohibit a TDI mill from simply being transplanted into its current nose. Unfortunately, customers will have to wait until the next-generation model to arrive in 2014 for a TDI version that’s powered by a 2.0-liter turbo-diesel four-cylinder.
He also mentioned that his brand’s future diesel and hybrid models will be complimentary of each other and that his product portfolio will continue to cater to a variety of eco-conscious drivers, particularly those that drive long distances on open roads (ideal for diesel) or those commuting in congested urban streets (ideal for hybrid).
De Nysschen addressed questions concerning a possible US plant as well. If you recall, close cousin Volkswagen has set up shop in Chattanooga, Tennessee where it will produce the all-new Jetta. Johan and his team believe that Audi’s American sales will be substantial enough to justify the investment and cost of an American plant before 2015, but added, “that does not mean the factory will be operational by then.”