My Oh My, Bring Us More TDI!

December 5th, 2012

2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee

While I don’t think we here at CarGurus can take *all* the credit, we are pretty excited about some new diesel-powered vehicles entering the U.S. market. On this blog alone, we’ve sung the praises of the oil-burner for years and made the case for more of them here, while watching the gas/electric hybrid run away with the hearts of Americans.

Can you feel the shift coming, though? I sure can.

In addition to existing diesel offerings from Volkswagen and Mercedes-Benz, Jeep, Mazda, Audi and Porsche will soon join the party. And once those floodgates open, who knows what will come next.

At the Los Angeles Auto Show, Jeep CEO Mike Manley revealed to Wards Auto that the Grand Cherokee diesel will make its first public appearance at the Detroit Auto Show next month. The European Grand Cherokee is offered with a 3.0-liter diesel V6 making 224 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque, and it would make sense that our version would get the same engine. We don’t know prices or official specs, but that should all be revealed next month.

If an SUV isn’t your thing, perhaps the Mazda6 sedan with a 2.2-liter diesel will fit the bill. Or the fleet of new Audi diesels we covered from the L.A. Auto Show. Porsche will even get into the game with a Cayenne diesel, which will come with a base price of about $56K, which is much less than the $70K hybrid version.

While diesel fuel still costs more at the pump than gasoline, its improved fuel economy helps makes up the difference. Some sedans can top 50 mpg on the highway while not sacrificing anything in performance or the fun-to-drive factor.

Any new diesel offered for sale in the U.S. market is good news, because it helps make a good business case for future models from other automakers.

Bring it on!

Are you ready for more diesel offerings in the U.S.? What one vehicle would you like to see offered here? I’m pulling for a Jaguar XF diesel!

-tgriffith

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