There’s a bit of an oil burner renaissance going on at this year’s New York Auto Show. Besides Mazda talking about Skyactiv Diesels, and Mercedes revealing a diesel GLK, Porsche also made news, displaying its Cayenne Diesel SUV in U.S. specification.
While it’s VW Touraeg counterpart is already offered with a diesel motor here, until now an oil burning Cayenne simply wasn’t available. Now that’s changed. Thanks to trickery such as AdBlue fluid injected into the exhaust and what Porsche called selective catalytic reduction technology, the 3.0-liter turbo diesel V6 is able to pass tough Tier 2 Bin 5 emissions standards and hence become certified for sale in the US.
GALLERY: 2013 Porsche Cayenne Diesel
A solitary blue example was on display at the Porsche stand and while the vehicle itself was locked up we did garner some official information from Porsche, namely that the V6 diesel generates 240 horsepower and 406 lb torque; that this version of the Cayenne will accelerate from 0-60 mph in 7.2 seconds, it will come exclusively eight-speed automatic transmission and that it will sticker for $55,750 when it goes on sale this fall (that price doesn’t include delivery charges, nor other fees or taxes).
Oh and despite delivering a reported 23 miles per gallon combined and a range of some 740 miles on just one tank of fuel, it won’t employ the stop/start function found on other Cayenne models.