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Porsche‘s announcement that a Cayenne Diesel will finally be available to U.S. buyers was fairly big news at this year’s New York Auto Show. However, we’ve now learned that the Stuttgart automaker plans to introduce a more powerful oil burning SUV, a V8 diesel Cayenne S.
Details are still rather sketchy on exactly which engine it will use. While the existing V8 diesel used by Audi for its A8 flagship might seem the most logical choice, it’s getting on in years and with looming tighter emissions standards in Europe it probably won’t make the cut.
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
In a pleasantly surprising move, Mercedes-Benz has announced pricing for the new 2012 M-Class SUV, stating that its starting price will remain the same as its 2011 model, despite offering more than its predecessor. At launch, Mercedes will offer two different models in North America, the ML350 4MATIC and the diesel BlueTEC ML350.
For its third generation, the 2012 M-Class sits .75-inch lower than the previous model, is nearly an inch longer and a half-inch wider. In addition, the SUV gets a styling refresh all around, most noticeably in its front end with a bolder yet more elegant design. The newly refreshed headlights are flush-mounted in the fenders and daytime LED running lights find their way onto the front bumper.
The standard ML350 4MATIC will come powered by a 302-hp 3.5L V6 engine with 273 lb-ft of torque. That’s 13-percent more power for 2012 at an MSRP of $49,865. The diesel BlueTEC features a 3.0L V6 powerplant with 240-hp and an impressive 455 lb-ft of torque with 30-percent better fuel economy than a gasoline counterpart. The ML350 BlueTEC starts at a very reasonable $51,365.
Tech-heads will be happy to hear that the new M-Class also features an all new iPad docking station behind the headrests of the front seats. The docking station can be rotated up to 90-degrees and tilted while being charged through the vehicle.
Look for AutoGuide’s 2012 M-Class review soon.