Audi today released pricing for its 2009 model-year Q7 TDI SUV, the German carmaker's first clean diesel vehicle for the U.S. market. Featuring a 3.0L V6 diesel engine – the same unit as the Volkswagen Touareg TDI - the Q7 TDI is scheduled to arrive in U.S. dealerships later this month.

Prices will start at $50,990, and buyers will also be able to qualify for a $1,150 Alternative Motor Vehicle Credit from the IRS. The prices are in line with other luxury carmaker offerings - BMW's X5 diesel starts at around $52,000 for the base model.

Inside, you can expect to find 12-way heated front seats, seven-passenger seating, dual-zone climate control, a power tailgate and numerous other features, although when fully-loaded we wouldn't be surprised if the new Q7 was closer to $70,000 in price.

The new Q7 TDI also features one of the world's cleanest diesel systems, with the car certified as meeting emissions regulations in all 50 U.S. states, including California's ULEV2 (Ultra-Low Emissions Vehicle) standards.

In fact, Audi is so keen on the clean diesel technology that it’s touting it "as an immediate answer to America's energy challenges". The clean diesel technology found in the 2009 Q7 TDI provides 30% better fuel economy than petrol engines of similar size. The Q7 TDI also gets an EPA-rated 17 mpg in city driving and combined fuel economy of 20 mpg.

Meanwhile, healthy torque figures mean the new diesel-powered Q7 won't be a slouch around town - the Q7 TDI achieves 505Nm of torque (406lb-ft), enough to give the car a towing capacity of almost three tons (6,600 pounds).