Snap Judgment: Should Porsche Offer a Diesel-Powered Cayenne in North America?

Automobile Staff

Is a performance-oriented, diesel-powered sport-utility vehicle viable in North America? Having already forayed into hybrid territory, Porsche may now be considering bringing its 2011 Cayenne diesel to North America.

According to Porsche Canada manager of public relations Laurance Yap, the success of competing diesel SUVs may prompt Porsche to offer its oil burning sport-ute in North America. While no plans are yet official, Yap intimated that he believes the North American market is ready for a Cayenne diesel.

We first heard about the Cayenne diesel over a year ago, and the latest Cayenne's six-cylinder diesel engine produces 240 horsepower and 405 pound-feet of torque. The advantages to a diesel, besides significantly better fuel economy, is the ability to tow up to 7000 pounds. While it is slower than its stablemates, its torque advantage helps it to pick up slack.

With a Cayenne hybrid headed for production in the near future, the hybrid's overall performance makes it a viable option. But is there room for a second alternative powerplant among North American Cayennes?

Today's Snap Judgment: Should Porsche offer a diesel-powered Cayenne in North America?

Let us know what you think in the comments section.

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