New York 2012: 2013 Porsche Cayenne Diesel Confirmed, Priced for U.S. Market

Porsche is trying on a new shade of green -- it already sells both the Panamera S and Cayenne S Hybrids in the U.S. and will be rolling out the hybrid-powered 918 Spyder supercar next year. Now, add another car to that list: Porsche has just announced the 2013 Cayenne Diesel for the U.S. market.

Already on sale in Europe (the European model is pictured), the oil-burning Cayenne is powered by the same 3.0-liter turbodiesel V-6 found under the hood of the Audi Q7 TDI and Volkswagen Touareg TDI, with which the Cayenne shares its platform. Unlike its platform-mates, the Porsche produces 240 hp and and a stump-pulling 406 lb-ft of torque, 15 more hp than offered in the Audi or VW. Unsurprisingly, it also uses the same eight-speed automatic found in the other two TDI SUVs, and permanent all-wheel drive with a self-locking Torsen center differential that has a standard torque split of 40/60 front/rear.

Porsche expects the 2013 Cayenne Diesel to be rated at 20/28 mpg city/highway by the Environmental Protection Agency. That bests the 17/25 EPA rating of the Q7 and the 19/28 rating of the Touareg. Differentiating the oil-burning variant other Cayenne models are two simple Diesel badges, one on either front fender.

The 2013 Porsche Cayenne Diesel will start at $56,725, including destination, and will be available at Porsche dealerships beginning this September.

For more on the 2012 New York International Auto Show, including videos, the latest photos, and more information, click here to visit our New York Show homepage.

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