Audi believes the TDI still has a future in America post-Dieselgate.
The Audi Q7 recently reached 2017 model year in the U.S. of A. where it gained a smaller 2.0-liter gasoline engine to join the existing 3.0-liter V6. Unsurprisingly, there’s no sign of a TDI unit at this point given the messy Dieselgate, but things could change some time from now. Speaking at the ongoing Los Angeles Auto Show, Audi of America’s President Scott Keogh revealed a turbodiesel engine still has potential in the lineup and the company wants to offer it on one model.
He went on to specify the Q7 large SUV would be the most suitable candidate to get it, but now is definitely not the right time. That makes even more sense once we take into consideration that Volkswagen confirmed just a couple of days ago some Audi gasoline and diesel models fitted with an automatic transmission have a special software that artificially reduces CO2 emissions during testing.
Keogh mentioned that during the diesel’s glory days in United States, it accounted for seven percent of the company’s sales. Those days are long gone and Audi together with the other members of the VW Group are betting on EVs to clean up the mess caused by the TDI scandal.
In the case of the Ingolstadt-based marque, 2018 will be the year when an all-electric SUV dubbed “E-tron” will arrive. Previewed last year by the E-tron Quattro concept (pictured above), the Belgium-built SUV will be followed some years later by other EVs, including a sedan and a smaller city-oriented car. Keogh estimates that by the middle of the next decade, battery electric cars will account for 25 to 30 percent of total sales.
Up until recently, Audi actually had an electric vehicle on sale, the R8 E-tron. Introduced at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, the zero-emissions supercar was available only in Europe for a cool €1 million (about $1.1M) a pop, but Audi mentions “fewer than 100 examples” were sold during the model’s very short life cycle.
Source: Automotive News