Porsche Commits, Finally, to Diesel Cayenne for U.S.

2013 Porsche Cayenne Diesel

We told you some details about this car last month, but now they are final, as Porsche announced the Cayenne Diesel will come to dealers in September with prices starting at $55,750.

That is around the price of a comparable Touareg and is among Porsche’s lowest priced vehicles. It uses a slightly tweaked version of the Touareg/Audi Q7 TDI diesel.

Here are some of the Cayenne Diesel’s features:

3.0-liter turbodiesel V6, outputting 240 hp and 206 lb-ft of torque 0-60 mph in 7.2 seconds; top speed of 135 mph towing capacity of over 7,700 pounds 8-speed Tiptronic S transmission with permanent all-wheel drive, limited-slip, traction control 20/28 mpg (23 combined), per Porsche.

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Green Update: 2012 Passat TDI—Why People Love Diesels

2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI SE, front

Owners of new TDI Passats have reported 45-48 mpg highway (see comments here), much better than the car’s EPA figures of 31/43. That’s one reason people like diesels. This car holds 18.5 gallons of fuel, which could easily give you close to 800 miles per tank.

The stink and clatter of older diesels is long gone. This one is quiet and clean. VW claims the engine, running on low-sulphur fuel, reduces emissions up to 90 percent over previous diesels.

We told you last month our feelings about the general snubbing of the Passat by the auto press. Though it won Motor Trend’s Car of the Year Award, there were plenty of naysayers, carpers and whiners putting it down.

The TDI has generally won their praise, though it got a predictably snide review on The Truth About Cars. Michael Karesh complains about the high mid-thirties price (he drove the top-of-the-line TDI SEL Premium), some cheap details (though its interior is much better than the bottom-line, gas-powered SE) and concludes that “it’s not the stellar car it could be with a few minor upgrades and alterations.” Hmph.

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