Audi Announces Q7 TDI PricingPosted on April 9th, 2009
Clean diesel sport-utility vehicle hits dealerships this month
The seven-passenger Q7 is the first Audi clean diesel car to travel stateside. Pricing for the 2009 Q7 starts at $50,900 not including a $825 delivery charge. Buyers qualify for a federal tax credit of $1,150.
“The moment has arrived for clean diesel to be seen as an immediate answer to America’s energy challenges,” said Johan de Nysschen, Audi of America president.
Diesel engines average thirty percent better fuel economy than gasoline. The new generation of clean diesel cars run on low sulfur fuel, which has 93 percent less sulfur than traditional diesel. Because of that, manufacturers can equip these vehicles with more sophisticated emissions controls.
Thanks to a government mandate requiring gas stations to sell the low sulfur fuel, clean diesel is available at 42 percent of the nation’s filling stations. The Q7 TDI meets California Ultra-Low Emissions Vehicle II standards: its produces 25 percent less carbon dioxide than equivalent gas-powered cars.
The other big change in current diesel technology is performance. Drivers old enough to remember the sluggish, smoke-belching diesel cars of the 1980s will be surprised by the throttle response of vehicles such as the Q7 TDI. The 221-horsepower engine in the Q7 accelerates from zero-to-sixty in 8.5 seconds.
Two developments have had a major impact on diesel performance: common-rail technology, and more sophisticated on-board computers, that do a better job of controlling the fuel injectors.
Turbocharging, which enhances performance and gas mileage by using exhaust-driven blowers to push air into the engine, has also evolved. Engineers have reduced turbo lag, resulting in smoother acceleration. The turbocharger is the Q7 has a small servo motor that improves the turbine’s power output at low speeds.
Diesel engines produce more torque than gasoline powerplants, with a longer, flatter torque curve. The Q7 TDI produces 406 ft.-lbs. of torque, and can tow up to 6600 pounds.
Standard features on the Q7 include 12-way heated seats with leather upholstery, dual zone climate control, iPod and Bluetooth interface, satellite radio, and parktronic obstacle detection. The Q7 TDI has the S line front and rear bumpers and rides on 19-inch wheels.
Average fuel economy is 25 miles-per-gallon: the Q7 can run 600 miles between fill-ups. For more information, visit Audi’s consumer web site.
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