By introducing the diesel version of the Cayenne SUV to the American public at this year’s New York International Auto Show, Porsche will expand its lineup in the market and opens a new chapter with uncertain results. U.S. is not a particularly diesel-loving market, but given the demand for more fuel efficient cars, it may embrace the Cayenne Diesel well. We’ll see.
The Porsche Cayenne Diesel is powered by a 3.0-liter V6 turbo diesel engine, delivering 240 horsepower and 406 lb. ft. of torque from as low as 1,750 rpm. Low horsepower means it doesn’t have a very high top speed. It can only manage 135mph. But then, top speed is irrelevant for a day to day car.
The rather large amount of torque, on the other hand, means the big SUV does have a good 0 to 60mph time of 7.2 seconds.
The best thing about this car, however, is the fuel consumption. Official EPA rating is yet to be announced, but Porsche reckon the Cayenne Diesel can cover a distance of 740 miles on a single tank of fuel and is built to meet Tier 2 BIN5 emissions standards using selective catalytic reduction (SCR) technology.
The diesel-powered Cayenne has another winning card up its sleeve, and that’s the price. It will cost you, when it goes sale in September, $55,750, not including a $975 destination charge.