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10. 2013 Lexus ES
Over the past few years Lexus has been referred to as a Japanese Buick, with the number one reason being the ES front-drive luxury sedan – a car that drew direct comparisons with the not-quite-Cadillac GM premium brand. To erase those comparos the new 2013 ES gets a more stylish exterior with a GS-themed front nose and a profile more like the flagship LS.
Swapping its Camry underpinnings for an Avalon platform it has, however, grown even more in size – a notable Buick trait. Plus, to challenge the eAssist mild-hybrid LaCrosse, there’s finally now an ES300h hybrid system getting 39 mpg average.
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
Europeans markets have had the Cayenne diesel since 2009, so it seems sensible that Porsche will bring it to U.S. showrooms by September of this year at a base MSRP of $55,750, not including destination charges.
The Cayenne will get its power from a 3.0-liter V6, making 240 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque, making it capable of a 0-60 time of 7.6 seconds. The diesel will also be a capable tow vehicle, rated at 7,716 lbs of towing capacity. The diesel engine will help the Cayenne achieve 20 mpg in the city, 28 mpg on the highway and 23 combined.
The Cayenne diesel will be the fifth model variant in the Cayenne family, truly rounding out the lineup of Cayenne, Cayenne S, Cayenne S Hybrid and Cayenne Turbo.
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