U.S. Porsche Cayenne Diesel Comes Later This Year

March 2nd, 2012

Porsche Cayenne Diesel

The Cayenne diesel has been available for some time in Europe. Now, apparently, it will come to the U.S. with the same engine used in the Audi Q7 and the VW Touareg, which outputs 406 lb-ft of torque.

This is not quite the same as the rebadging game most automakers play, but it’s close. The big differences will be in the Porsche’s handling and handsome interior styling. But it’ll cost ya. Price isn’t set yet, but expect something south of the Cayenne S Hybrid’s nearly $70,000 tag.

The diesel will show in New York next month, and with gas prices zooming, Porsche is making a smart move bringing it here. Yet fuel economy isn’t going to be the only thing that sells this car, despite the fact that the European version gets 32.7 mpg (versus the Hybrid’s 21 mpg combined figure).

The exclusivity and longevity of diesel will make it popular, I suspect, plus the car has lost some weight so that its performance, while nothing like that of the Hybrid, will be decent. If buyers really want a smaller Cayenne, they will have to wait for the Macan (formerly Cajun) in 2013.

Porsche Cayenne, interiorThere’s a full road test (including off-road) and review of the diesel Cayenne here. On the “Conclusions” page, the authors state:

On the road and with the right engine, the Cayenne manages to deliver a level of performance situated at the upper tier of the sports car class, while off the tarmac it manages to follow names that come with decades of tradition, and tops that with an unique suppleness that provides a special off-road agility, not just plowing through abilities.

…The 240 hp oil burner manages to provide a decent dynamic experience, but only just, so you’ll never actually get to experience the Porsche spirit. While this doesn’t matter for many customers, it is a sacrilege for others, who could otherwise overlook the concept of a diesel engine in a Porsche.

However, the article hints that a better diesel engine is in the works. Whether and when that will come to the U.S. is not known. With diesel prices now topping $4.00 a gallon and refinery production down, maybe the Cayenne diesel’s prospects aren’t so hot after all.

Do you think the Cayenne diesel will sell in the U.S.? Porsche sold about 13,000 Cayennes in the U.S. in 2011, 56 percent more than in 2010.

—jgoods

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  1. March 12th, 2012 at 00:22 | #1

    I’m already in line for one. I already have a GL diesel Mercedes, a lifted ford diesel, and looking forward to this vehicle. I make my own biodiesel for .48 a gallon. I save an average of $700 a month on gas. Even if I had to buy regular diesel, it would be worth the fuel mileage and resale.

  2. Randy
    March 3rd, 2012 at 06:26 | #2

    You’ve got to remember that these spoiled and jaded automotive reviewer’s idea of performance is entirely different from a “normal” driver. I think Porsche customers will be extremely pleased with the drivability of the Diesel Cayenne since they won’t be driving it on a track.

  1. April 4th, 2012 at 13:01 | #1