Porsche to roll out Cayenne diesel model in 2009

Tuesday, November 25, 2008, 7:04 by Auto Correspondent

Starting February 2009, Porsche will start hitting dealerships with its Cayenne model that would run on diesel. Though there have been speculations on whether Porsche would go in for a diesel model car, a decision on this seems to have been taken by the company.

Porsche is said to be working on rolling out the Cayenne with a 3.0-litre V6 turbo diesel engine with 240 bhp (176 kW) supplied by Audi AG. Audi is a subsidiary of the VW Group. The Porsche pie in the Volkswagen Group has brought about great avenues to the car maker in utilizing sporty compression-ignition technology in its cars.

According to first reports, the average consumption of the Cayenne Diesel is 30.4mpg combined (9.3 litres/100 km) with emissions of 244 g/km CO2. The decision to roll out a Cayenne diesel model is said to have been taken in response to changed legal regulations in European markets, resulting in tax incentives for vehicles with diesel engines.

The company plans to debut the Cayenne diesel model initially in Europe. Other markets might be considered at a later stage. The new Cayenne with diesel drive will be arriving at Porsche Centres from February 2009 and would be powered by the Tiptronic-S automatic gearbox as standard feature. Previews of the car have said that the 240 horsepower and 406 lb.-ft. of torque would get the Cayenne out of its own way

Meanwhile, it has also been said that Porsche is simultaneously working on another Cayenne variant with hybrid drive that will exceed 31 mpg. The car is expected to be launched in the market by the end of the current decade. It is being said that a lithium-ion battery will likely be ready to replace the prototype’s nickel-based unit in the new hybrid.

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