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Audi Confirms Diesel Q5 for 2014

2012 Audi Q5

Audi of America Product and Motorsports Communications Manager Mark Dahncke confirmed that the turbodiesel V6 will be available in the 2014 Audi Q5 for the U.S. market. The 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6 engine will be added to the 2014 Q5’s engine lineup, joining the 2013 model’s 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, supercharged 3.0-liter V6 gas engine and hybrid 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine.

Audi says in a statement that the Q5’s new TDI diesel engine will make 245 horsepower and 428 pound-feet of torque. That’s more power and torque than the larger Q7’s diesel V6 makes, and it’s the same mill that powers the sporty but Europe-only Audi SQ5 TDI, though it has been tuned to make even more power in that model, Inside Line reports.

Dahncke tells us the 2014 Q5 TDI will be available in 2013, and Automobile Magazine expects it to hit dealerships next summer. Audi has not said how much the new diesel Q5 will cost, but the current Audi Q7 TDI costs about $5,200 more than the base gas-powered V6 trim, so with a similar price bump, the diesel Q5 could cost about $48,000.

When it goes on sale, the 2014 Audi Q5 TDI will compete with the Volkswagen Touareg, which is a bit bigger than the Q5, but offers a diesel engine that gets 19/28 mpg city/highway, according to the EPA. The 2013 BMW X3 is about the same size as the Audi Q5, and although it doesn’t offer a diesel model, its base four-cylinder engine gets 21/28 mpg city/highway, which is slightly better than the Touareg diesel’s fuel economy.

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