On route to delivering the same headache-inducing gasoline prices that contributed to a complete economic meltdown in 2008, the price for a gallon of regular unleaded is just under a $4.00 national average. Drivers in European countries deal with fuel prices even more obscene then those being endured in North America. Subjected to heavy taxes by governments, gasoline prices per gallon is the equivalent to around $9.00 in US dollars.
With the price of diesel fuel relatively equal to gasoline at Europe’s filling stations, it’s not surprising that diesel-powered vehicles are very among new car customers on the east side of the Atlantic Ocean. With diesel examples of some vehicle models actually outselling gasoline-powered versions for many auto companies, there is a surprisingly high amount of tolerance for where diesel engines can be found. Compact cars, wagons and even the occasional sports car utilize diesel technology on European roads. Despite interest as well as rumours of more diesel power being found for the United States marketplace, the whole North American auto line-up is left with only a trickle of the vast waterfall of the available gasoline-alternative fuel. Ahead of the 2012 New York International Auto Show, Porsche supplied a stunning announcement for that allowed the company commonly associated with sports cars to excite the North American diesel fans.
A vehicle some Porsche purest regards as a blasphemy to the performance car division, the Cayenne sport crossover vehicle (developed in association with current parent company Volkswagen) caused many to see Porsche in an all-new light. Despite initial opposition from some groups, the Porsche Cayenne is accepted as the top-selling model the German performance car’s United States line-up selling just under 13,000 Porsche Cayennes stateside last year. For the 2013 model year, a turbocharged diesel engine is prepared to join the Cayenne sport crossover’ North American product line.
Selling in Europe since 2009, the Porsche Cayenne Diesel became a product representing the sports car’s brand extensive environmental protection plan. The 2013 Porsche Cayenne Diesel is powered by a 3-liter turbo diesel V-6 engine similar that already available on fellow North American Volkswagen Group products such as the Audi Q7 and Volkswagen Touareg. Porsche’s version pulls 240-horsepower from the 3-liter V-6 powerplant thanks to the company’s variable geometry turbocharger unit. Most impressive with the Porsche Cayenne Diesel is the 406 pounds-feet of torque that launches the crossover vehicle within the 1,750-2,500 RPM range. Working between an 8-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission, all 2013 Cayenne Diesel products will be standard-equipped with permanent all-wheel drive and a self-locking center differential.
The diesel-powered Porsche Cayenne is rated to be even more eco-conscious than the Cayenne Hybrid model. Emissions of the 3-liter turbocharged diesel V-6 engine are regulated through the selective catalytic reduction (SCR) after-treatment technology. While official EPA fuel economy numbers have not been confirmed, European numbers for the Porsche Cayenne Diesel is the top-rated is the top-rated in the model line. Estimating total driving range as up to 740 miles on a single tank of fuel, the 2013 Cayenne Diesel will likely record around 28 miles per gallon in highway driving (equal to that of the Volkswagen Touareg TDI). CO2 emissions of the Cayenne Diesel are recorded at 189 g/km placing it just behind the Panamera Hybrid and the PDK-fitted Porsche Boxster models in that category.
Going on sale this September, the Porsche Cayenne Diesel will have a starting price of $55,750 plus taxes. The 2013 Cayenne Diesel will be Porsche first vehicle sold in the United States with diesel power.
Information and photo source: Porsche Cars North America