2013 Porsche Cayenne Diesel Debuts In U.S., Priced From $55,750 [Gallery]

While the whole 2013 Porsche Cayenne range gets a set of small updates, it’s the new model that’s wagging tongues: the diesel.

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  • 2013 Porsche Cayenne. Photo: Porsche2013 Porsche Cayenne. Photo: Porsche
  • 2013 Porsche Cayenne. Photo: Porsche2013 Porsche Cayenne. Photo: Porsche
  • 2013 Porsche Cayenne. Photo: Porsche2013 Porsche Cayenne. Photo: Porsche
  • 2013 Porsche Cayenne. Photo: Porsche2013 Porsche Cayenne. Photo: Porsche
  • 2013 Porsche Cayenne. Photo: Porsche2013 Porsche Cayenne. Photo: Porsche

The Porsche Cayenne sport utility family gets a new member for 2013: the Cayenne Diesel. The newest Cayenne model joins the Cayenne, Cayenne S, Cayenne S Hybrid and Cayenne Turbo.

Originally introduced to the diesel-dominated European market in 2009, clean diesel technology and its many consumer benefits are now available to Porsche customers in the U.S. market for the first time.

The 2013 Cayenne Diesel arrives in Porsche dealer showrooms in September and will be priced from $55,750, not including a $975 destination charge.  The Cayenne Diesel is designated with a “Diesel” badge on the left and right front fenders.

The new-for-2013 Porsche Cayenne Diesel’s powerful, yet fuel-efficient 3.0-liter V6 turbo diesel engine, delivers 240-hp and 406 lb.-ft. of torque, available from as low as 1,750 rpm. The result is strong 0-60 mph acceleration in just 7.2 seconds and a top track speed of 135 mph.

That performance is complemented by best in class fuel economy – based on preliminary internal estimates, the Cayenne Diesel is estimated to achieve a rating of 20 mpg city/ 28 mpg highway/23 combined on its U.S. EPA label. In addition to power and economy, the Cayenne Diesel can travel up to 740 miles on a single tank of fuel.

The 2013 Cayenne Diesel is built to meet ‘Tier 2 Bin 5’ emission standards, and includes selective catalytic reduction (SCR) technology. The SCR system is comprised of an AdBlue tank located in the car’s spare-wheel well, a heating system for this tank and the lines which carry the AdBlue, an injection valve for AdBlue fluid and a selective catalytic reduction converter, which aid in the reduction of NOx (oxides of nitrogen) emissions.

Highlights of the 3.0-liter V6 diesel engine in the Cayenne Diesel include high pressure common rail fuel injection and a variable vane geometry turbocharger, which give the engine improved response to driver inputs and enhanced fuel economy when compared to more conventional diesel engine technologies.

In addition, the engine block is constructed from compacted graphite iron (CGI), which has many of the strength properties of a conventional iron block but with a significant reduction in mass, approximately 55 lbs. (25 kilograms).

Compared to the last generation Cayenne models, the current Cayenne, Cayenne S and Cayenne Turbo provide up to a 20 percent increase in fuel economy, thanks in part to their lighter weight and 8-speed Tiptronic S automatic transmissions.

With the exception of the 6-speed, manual transmission Cayenne, an 8-speed Tiptronic S transmission is standard across the rest of the Cayenne model line. All Cayenne models all are rated to tow 7,716 pounds.

All 8-speed Tiptronic S equipped Cayenne models, except the Cayenne Diesel, feature Auto Start/Stop technology. Auto Start/Stop saves fuel and reduces emissions by turning off the engine when it is not needed, such as while sitting at a stop light.

The Cayenne Diesel also comes standard with a system to protect the driver from fueling the vehicle with the incorrect fuel. A mechanical safeguard in the fuel tank filler neck ensures that the locking mechanism can only be opened by the larger diameter diesel fuel pump nozzle and that refueling will only begin at that point.

Common updates to the full 2013 Cayenne range include some minor interior tweaks, such as a new standard analog clock on the dashboard, and new door lock buttons by the door handles; and a new European Factory Delivery program extended to the full range.

The CDR audio system is standard on all Cayenne models. It features a 7-inch color touchscreen display, enabling drivers to navigate and select the main menus and functions. The integrated CD radio, featuring an FM dual tuner, 30 memory presets, dynamic auto-store and speed-sensitive volume control includes a sound system with 10 loudspeakers and a total audio output of 100 watts.

For the ultimate listening experience, drivers can add an optional Bose® Surround Sound system or Burmester High-End Surround Sound System. Additional options can also be combined with CDR, such as a telephone module, 6-disc DVD changer or rearview camera.

Powerful, versatile and easy to use the Porsche Communication Management (PCM) system is the central control system for all information and communications functions. PCM is standard for Cayenne Turbo, and optional for all other Cayenne models.

Key features include a seven-inch high-resolution touchscreen display with optional rotary push-button controls on the steering wheel. The menu layout presents no more than five entries per page, enabling fast and accurate operation. A Help function is displayed at the bottom of the screen for fast guidance.

For 2013, the Cayenne, like all other Porsche models, can now be ordered for delivery either at their birthplace in Leipzig or at the Porsche factory in Zuffenhausen.


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