Porsche will introduce a diesel Cayenne this year
When Porsche became a part of the Volkswagen Group back in 2008, the automaker did not have a history of creating diesel vehicles. That changed in 2009 with the introduction of the Cayenne Diesel.
Over the subsequent decade, the high-end sports car producer has dabbled with diesel technology – though not nearly as much as fellow VW Group brand Audi. In addition to the Cayenne, diesel options have recently been available for the Macan and Panamera as well.
In recent weeks, many outlets reported that Porsche was set to return to its pre-VW days and abandon its diesel program entirely. With their continued interest in hybrid and fully electric cars, a move away from diesel would certainly make sense.
However, according to Porsche Sales Chief Detlev von Platen that isn’t necessarily the case.
In a recent interview, Von Platen assured that Porsche would continue to offer a diesel option for the next-generation Cayenne. He also indicated that the Macan may retain its diesel option as well (though the next-gen Macan isn’t expected until 2021).
The decision to continue with diesel is something of a surprise. Europe and the United States have both soured on diesel vehicles. Stateside, the Cayenne was the only model ever available in diesel – and even then it was only from 2013-2016.
Still, it seems like the demand was there for them to continue offering that option. In 2017, diesel vehicles accounted for 15 percent of Porsche’s sales. Meanwhile, hybrids were responsible for 50 percent.
Given the market’s overall shift towards hybrid, it seems likely that the prevalence of diesel will continue to decline. Further, Porsche has bumped its five-year spending on electric to over $7 billion suggesting a real desire to emphasize clean energy.