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2013 Porsche Cayenne Diesel  (Source: discovery.com)
The Porsche Cayenne Diesel has a base MSRP price of $55,750

Porsche is introducing the 2013 Cayenne with a turbo-diesel V6 option, which will be the automaker's first diesel entry in the United States.

The 2013 Porsche Cayenne Diesel will feature a 3.0-liter V6 turbo diesel engine capable of 240 HP and 406 lb.-ft. of torque, which shoots the SUV from 0-60 in 7.2 seconds and allows a top track speed of 135 mph.

The new diesel SUV will also have an estimated fuel economy rating of 20 mpg city and 28 mpg highway, or 23 combined, according to Porsche. Also, the Cayenne Diesel can go 740 miles on a single tank of fuel.

"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," said Porsche. "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)."

The 2013 Porsche Cayenne Diesel will also include Porsche Traction Management (PTM) with a permanent all-wheel drive system; selective catalytic reduction (SCR) technology made of an AdBlue tank, the tank's heating system and lines to carry the AdBlue; a mechanical safeguard to protect the driver from using the wrong fuel; Diesel badges behind the front wheel wells, and an 8-speed Tiptronic S transmission.

The 2013 Porsche Cayenne Diesel carries a price tag of $55,750 plus a $975 destination charge.

Porsche's other Cayenne members include the original Porsche Cayenne for $48,850, the Porsche Cayenne S for $65,850, the Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid for $69,850, and the Porsche Cayenne Turbo for $108,750.

Source: Auto Blog



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RE: More diesels in the U.S. is a good thing
By Argon18 on 4/4/2012 11:44:02 AM , Rating: 2
same here, we own three vehicles, all are diesels. the massive torque, combined with much higher MPG's is just an awesome win-win. Our E320 CDI makes 369 ft/lbs and gets nearly 40 mpg on the highway! As much power as most V8's, but with the fuel economy of a Smart Car. It's a beautiful thing!!


RE: More diesels in the U.S. is a good thing
By Apone on 4/4/2012 12:16:49 PM , Rating: 2
@ Argon18

- Not sure if you've encountered this yet but how are the maintenance cost(s) on your diesel vehicles? I'm seriously considering getting my first TDI and I'm curious if the maintenance costs (such as timing chain, water pump, serpentine belts, etc.) is less/more/same than common gasoline engines (Also read somewhere that diesel engines go about 250k miles before its first scheduled major tune-up).


By do_i_neda_name on 4/4/2012 4:03:23 PM , Rating: 3
I own a 2001 Jetta TDI 180,000 miles and a 2001 F250 7.3L Powerstroke. My brother owned an identical 2001 Jetta TDI and sold it with 160,000 miles. Parents had a 2009 Jetta TDI, 2010 Jetta TDI and now have a 2012 Passat TDI.

Everything with the engine costs more but theoretically you end up repairing less. Engine wise you have to do the timing belt every 70-100k miles depending on the kit you get for it. On the 2001 TDI's we have only replaced filters and timingbelts/waterpumps. You do them both at the same time because your already in there. The kits are only like 300 but at a shop it will cost $1000-$2000. If you are thinking about buying one for the first time I would look for a good non VW mechanic who specializes in VW's, dealerships charge way too much for service.

I do know other than the timing belt your major fear is the injector pump and turbo going. They both cost about $1500 for parts but the injector pump requires about another $1500 in labor where as a turbo is not a bad job, your better off keeping up on filter maintenance.

Of the three newer TDI's my parents owned the 2009 blew up with 700 miles on it two days after buying it, the injector pump turned itself to gravel and VW accused us of putting gas in it. After 2 months of arguments and sending a fuel sample to a lab, VW bought us a new 2010. It ran fine for 60,000 miles then we traded it in on the Passat. It has 20,000 miles and is doing fine.

The newer TDI's have longer timing belt cycles up to 100,000 miles. They also require better oil, pre 2007's can use good synthetics, the newer ones can only take specialized oil. Check the cost on this because we never had to pay for a oil change because of free maintenance we negotiated. Finally don't buy an automatic, the transmissions are garbage. Google VW tiptronic transmissions and see what they say about them, at one point on the 2001 they extended the warranty just because so many were breaking.

The 7.3l Powerstroke 1999-2003 is bulletproof, no maintenance, and any maintenance needed is cheap because its easy to work on and parts are everywhere. But its not a TDI, your choice.

Hopes this helps.


RE: More diesels in the U.S. is a good thing
By Spuke on 4/4/2012 4:24:32 PM , Rating: 2
I have a 2006 F250 diesel and maintenance does indeed cost more. If you get a new model then you have to figure in urea costs too.


By YashBudini on 4/4/2012 8:05:46 PM , Rating: 2
What is your experience with the number of diesel mechanics in your area and their level of expertise? Is there usually at least one at the Ford dealership?


RE: More diesels in the U.S. is a good thing
By Argon18 on 4/5/2012 12:12:25 PM , Rating: 2
@Apone
I've found the maintenance to be similar to gasoline vehicles. Perhaps slightly higher, but not by an appreciable difference. The key is doing the maintenance on time. Diesel engines are more high-tech than gasoline engines and have more expensive parts. If you don't do the maintenance on time, and you neglect the vehicle, things will break. That's true no matter what fuel type or vehicle it is. But diesel engines generally cost a little more to repair.

That said, you get it all back and then some when it comes to resale. I sold my '98 Mercedes E300 diesel for $12k a few years ago. The same year, same model, same miles, but with gasoline engine, was selling for only $6k. That's double the price!!

Same with our old Jetta. I sold our '01 Jetta TDI for $13k, while the same year, same model, same miles, gasoline Jetta was selling used for about $5k. That's 2.5x the price!!

Part of the reason for the very high resale price is that a properly maintained diesel engine will run for several hundred thousand miles. At 200k, it's still tight and crisp and runs like new. Compare that to a gasoline engine with 200k miles that feels clunky and worn out. Diesel engines just plain last longer, a lot longer, and that's good for you as the owner, and it's great for you at resale time - it means $thousands more in your pocket.


By JediJeb on 4/5/2012 2:36:11 PM , Rating: 2
Same principal, just larger scale, my uncle just retired and sold his Freightliner tractor trailer. He was telling me he just had it overhauled and had been getting worried when he drove it since it had been 900K miles since the last overhaul. The truck and engine had 1.9 million miles on it total. Most heavy trucks and buses I have seen that ran gasoline engines were good if they made it past 500k miles and most died before that even with overhauls and good maintenance.

One thing that I believe helps is that diesel fuel and the fumes work as lubricants while gasoline and its fumes tend to wash away lubricants over time. A lot of the breakdown in engine oil comes from gasoline getting into it, while in a diesel that is not as much of a problem. I also know from growing up on a farm that diesel farm tractors seem to last forever with many people still using tractors built in the 1960's every day, while you can not hardly even give away one with a gasoline engine except to someone wanting to use it as a collector's item.


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