Sports car manufacturer Porsche has confirmed that it will for the first time be using turbodiesel power in its Cayenne SUV.
From February 2009, the Cayenne will be fitted with a 176 -kW three-litre V6 turbodiesel engine with a peak torque figure of 550 Nm. Lifted from Volkswagen AG subsidiary Audi, the engine is a version of the 3.0-litre TDI offered in the new A4 sedan and A5 coupe.
Porsche quotes an average fuel consumption figure for its diesel-powered SUV as 9.3 l/100 km and CO2 emissions of 244 g/km.
The Zuffenhausen-based manufacturer cites regulations in European markets allowing tax incentives for diesel-powered vehicles, and a bigger stake in the Volkswagen Group that has allowed it to explore diesel technology, as the reasons for its decision.
The Cayenne diesel will initially be offered in Europe, although it will be rolled out to other markets too. It arrives in South Africa by the second half of 2009.
Porsche has said it is also working on another Cayenne variant with hybrid drive that will consume less than 9 l/100 km and will be launched onto the market in 2010.