Thinking about buying a new 2013 diesel car and looking at the options? We’re here to help.
Diesel offerings continue to gain ground. New for 2013 are the BMW 33d Sports Wagon, Chevy Cruze Diesel sedan, Mercedes GL250 BlueTEC SUV, Porsche Cayenne Diesel SUV, and the Volkswagen Beetle TDI. With tougher diesel emissions standards being implemented in Europe in 2014, we may see even more diesel engines crossing over the Atlantic to U.S. shores in the near future.
Q7 TDI – For 2013, the Audi Q7 SUV diesel (19/28 MPG) gets a new engine, going from 225 to 240 horsepower, with an improvement in fuel economy as well.
Rumors also indicate possible TDI versions of the A6, A8 and Q5 in the near future.
335d – It appears that there will be no diesel version of the 335 offered this fall.
X5 xDrive 35d – There will be a 2013 model of the BMW X5 35d diesel SUV (19/26 MPG), but the word on the message boards says it may not be available until December and may get an upgraded transmission.
330d – The new 2013 BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon is expected to get a diesel version with a straight-six turbo-diesel. No word on mileage yet.
735d or 740d – Early reports also indicate BMW could be bringing a diesel engine to their flagship luxury 7 series in mid-2013.
ATS – The Cadillac ATS may be getting a diesel engine, but it’s not due on the market until late 2013 or early 2014.
Cruze – Chevy has committed to bringing a diesel version of their Cruze sedan to the U.S. in 2013. No word on price or MPG yet.
Chrysler is set to introduce their new “EcoDiesel” offerings in early 2014, starting with the Jeep Grand Cherokee and possibly the Chrysler 300 sedan. The engine is expected to be a 3.0-liter V-6 turbodiesel that gets around 23/33 MPG.
Dodge Diesels /Ram Diesels
Dodge offers no diesel cars, but continues to offer a powerful diesel engine in its Ram 2500 and 3500 pickup trucks.
While Ford has produced diesel cars for years in Europe, there doesn’t seem to be any plans to offer them in the U.S. Like Dodge, Ford does continue to offer their powerful PowerStroke diesel engine for their F250, F350 and F450 pickup trucks.
Honda does not appear to have any plans to bring diesel engines to the U.S., despite offering them overseas.
Like Honda, Hyundai offers diesels overseas but has announced no plans to bring them to U.S. shores.
Despite bringing the Jaguar XF diesel to the U.S. for a cross-country run last fall, Jaguar seems in no hurry to bring it’s diesel variants to U.S. showrooms.
A new diesel engine for the Jeep Grand Cherokee is in the works. See the Chrysler section, above, for more details.
Land Rover Diesels
Land Rover announced last September that they were planning to introduce diesel engines to some U.S. models in the next few years, but no word yet on exactly when or which models.
Despite offering them overseas, Lexus appears to have no plans to offer diesel engines on any of their models in the U.S.
Mazda still says that they will be bringing their SkyActive diesel engines to the U.S., starting in 2013. But they’ve remained silent on which model will get the diesel option first. Rumors indicate it could be their new CX-5 crossover.
Mercedes offers no less than six diesel automobile options, with the GLK250 a new entry to the pack:
GLK250 BlueTEC – Brand-new for 2013 is a diesel engine for Mercedes’ entry-level SUV. The 4-cylinder engine produces 190 horsepower. Fuel economy figures have not been released but highway MPG could be in the high 30s.
GL350 BlueTEC – This large SUV is redesigned for 2013 and sports a new, more powerful diesel engine with 240 horsepower. No word on how that will affect fuel efficiency, which was 17/21 MPG in last year’s model.
E350 BlueTEC – The E Class remains unchanged for 2013. It offers a 24/34 MPG rating in a true luxury diesel sedan.
ML350 BlueTEC – The ML350 SUV is also unchanged for 2013 and offers 18/25 MPG with all-wheel-drive.
S350 BlueTEC – Introduced in 2012, the S350 BlueTEC flagship sedan features the same engine as the ML350 and all-wheel drive. It gets 20/31 MPG.
R350 BlueTEC – With seating for 7, 18/24 MPG and all-wheel drive, the R350 crossover wagon remains unchanged for 2013.
Rumor has it that Mini will be bringing a diesel option to their Clubman model in 2013, and the engine will be similar in specs to the Cooper SD model currently offered in Europe.
Mitsubishi says it will be offering a diesel hybrid engine for their Evo XI sports car in 2014.
While there is speculation of a diesel option being offered for the 2015 Titan light-duty pick-up truck, Nissan has said that they will be focusing on electric and hybrid vehicles, not diesels in the U.S.
Cayenne Diesel – The Cayenne Diesel will be hitting showrooms for the first time September. It will sport all-wheel drive, 240 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque. Estimated fuel numbers are 20/28 MPG and pricing will start around $55,000.
Macan Diesel – Coming in 2014, the Porsche Macan (formerly called Cajun) is a smaller SUV crossover vehicle. It will reportedly be offered with a 2-liter turbo-diesel option, which has recorded 45 MPG in testing.
While a diesel version of the Scion iQ is sold overseas, no plans have been announced to bring it to the States.
There’s a lot of love out there for the Subaru Boxer Diesel offered in Europe, but sadly no plans to offer it in the U.S.A.
Toyota continues to focus on hybrid and electric cars for fuel efficiency in the U.S. No Toyota diesels are planned.
Beetle TDI – The Beetle TDI should finally be arriving in showrooms in August. Offering 28/41 MPG, it features a 2.0 turbo-diesel with 140 horsepower and 230 lb-ft of torque. Pricing starts at $24,000.
Golf TDI – The zippy and entertaining Golf remains unchanged for 2013. The base 2-door Golf TDI starts at a reasonable $23,225 and it delivers 30/42 MPG.
Jetta TDI – The most economical of the TDI lineup is the Jetta diesel, which offers 30/42 MPG. Redesigned in 2011, the 2013 model does get a few updates, including some improvements on the interior finish.
Jetta Sportwagen TDI – The Jetta Sportwagen diesel with a manual transmission delivers the same MPG of 30/42 as the regular Jetta, but drops down to 29/39 with the automatic. It remains largely unchanged from 2012.
Passat TDI – VW’s full-sized diesel sedan offers offers 31/41 MPG (manual transmission) and 30/40 MPG (automatic). It is continued from last year with few changes.
Touareg V6 TDI Sport SUV – The only Volkswagen to offer a 3.0TDI diesel engine (shared with the Porsche Cayenne diesel) the TDI Touareg gets 20/29 MPG.
There was hope that the new Volvo V40 with a diesel option would be offered stateside, but unfortunately it will only be offered in Europe. The U.S. is supposed to get the new V60 hybrid, but only in a gas version, instead of the diesel one offered in Europe.
So there you have it, the diesel car and diesel SUV lineup in the USA for 2013.
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