Porsche Considering Diesel-Powered Cayenne and Panamera

Porsche enthusiasts have long since stopped crying over the Cayenne, but the German automaker just keeps rubbing salt into the wounds. Recently, the company announced that they are considering placing diesel engines into the SUV, as well as the Panamera.

Porsche was once placed along side of Ferrari and Lamborghini but they have changed their tune in recent years, in the hopes to become a more complete car company. To accomplish this goal, the company created the Cayenne and Panamera. Soon, they will launch the Cajun, a smaller version of the large Cayenne and a rival to the Range Rover Evoque.

Porsche currently offers a diesel version of the Cayenne in Europe and it will soon throw in a diesel Panamera, but both have yet to make it to the United States. This should help the company reduce its overall emissions in America.

“We are discussing internally if we should introduce the Cayenne diesel in the U.S. this year. Also a Panamera diesel is an option,” Bernhard Maier, the brand’s sales and marketing chief, told Automotive News Europe. Diesel and hybrid models currently account for 30 percent of Cayenne sales, according to Maier.

Porsche has not confirmed this news just yet, but they are expected to unveil a diesel version of the Panamera sedan at the Geneva Motor Show. Chances are there will be a hybrid version released as well, which will also debut in the great city of Geneva.

These diesel powered SUVs will go up against Mercedes, BMW and Audi, as all three are currently offering, or getting ready to offer diesel variants of their SUV range.

Porsche will not launch the diesel Cayenne and Panamera in China because of the fuel quality.

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