Audi to bring diesels to U.S. in 2008

Audi has announced that it will bring its 3.0L clean diesel to the U.S. market in 2008, coinciding with the engine's European debut. The first U.S.-spec Audi vehicle to receive diesel power will be the Q7 SUV, followed by Audi's all-new A4. Audi failed to mention a time frame for introduction, but a late 2008 debut is likely.

Output for the 3.0L TDI V6 is rated at 240 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque. Despite all that power, Audi claims the new engine is 35% more efficient than a comparable gasoline engine and can get up to 40 mpg highway. The engine is also clean enough to earn it certification in all 50 states.

Earlier this year, Audi announced it would introduce a hybrid version of the Q7. It remains unclear which model will achieve better fuel economy, but the diesel variant will undoubtedly have better performance numbers.