To the dismay of Porsche-philes around the world, Porsche just announced that it would stray ever further from its sports car roots. The Porsche executive board has just given the green light to the 2009 Porsche Cayenne TDI.
With the recent change in European regulations resulting in tax breaks for diesel vehicles, Porsche has decided to take this opportunity to introduce its first ever diesel. The Cayenne TDI will be equipped with the 3.0-liter V-6 turbo-diesel that we’re already familiar with from the Audi Q7 TDI and Volkswagen Touareg. The engine puts out 240 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque.
The Cayenne TDI is initially planned for a European release, but Porsche says preparations for introduction in other countries are underway as well. With the Audi Q7 TDI already in the United States, the Cayenne TDI is likely coming our way as well. The Cayenne TDI is expected to get around 24 mpg. Porsche also confirmed development of a Cayenne hybrid that will get over 26 mpg and be available by 2010.
The Porsche Cayenne TDI will be available in Europe beginning in February 2009 and will start at 56,500 Euros.