Porsche Cayenne Diesel to make its debut in U.S. in the second half of 2012

Article by Christian Andrei, on December 7, 2011

By next year, Porsche will launch three new U.S. models. The refurbished 911 will arrive in February. The 430hp Panamera GTS is set to arrive next spring. Sometime in the second half of 2012 is when a Cayenne diesel, Porsche's first diesel-powered model available in the U.S., is expected to arrive.

Porsche estimates that the Cayenne diesel will soon make up around 15% of the SUV's total sales. This volume is comparable to what’s anticipated for the Cayenne gasoline-electric hybrid, which had its launching a year ago. Presently, it accounts for around 12% of the total sales of the Cayenne.

Von Platen estimates that there’s about 15% of the total flagship's sales volume for the newly launched Panamera hybrid.

He said that Porsche hasn’t yet made the decision to bring a diesel version of the Panamera in the U.S. Porsche’s Cajun, a crossover that that’s smaller than the Cayenne, will arrive in 2013. Von Platen said that Porsche is thinking about "slightly consolidating" its U.S. dealer network in the upcoming few years.

Last April, Bernhard Maier, Porsche's global sales and marketing chief, told Automotive News that 10 outlets may be closed, from 200 to 190.

He said that the company has to guarantee the “consistency of the brand's representation and customer experience.” Its dealerships currently earn a 3.6% return on sales on average. They hope to keep this figure at more than 3%.

It comes as no great surprise to know Porsche has once again produced another exceptional version of the Cayenne. Built with lightweight materials such as aluminium and plastic, the engineers have managed to reduce the overall weight by 66kg/145 lb. This reduction has meant that the Cayenne has an even lower fuel consumption. By using a selection of different materials, it has also improved driver comfort due to, in no small part, the steel springs.

All models of the new Porsche Cayenne, except the Turbo, now come with these steel springs which have been combined with the Porsche Active Suspension Management system (PASM). This combination means that the Cayenne has increased agility, performance and enhanced comfort during long-distance driving.

The PASM comes with a number of optional adjustments, from being able to change the front and back dampers to the selection of variable driving modes: Comfort, Normal or Sport. This allows the Cayenne to manipulate the level of power according to each wheel to deliver even better results depending on the terrain and driver preferences.

The Turbo has a number of additional extras from the air suspension to the optimised front and rear axle struts. These changes have brought about enhancements in the rigidity of the torsion due to the struts being mounted on the body as well as its reduced weight.

The air suspension has a number of incredible achievements. For instance, it is now able to maintain ride height due to a storage of air to keep the pressure up. Used to initially save energy and allow for quicker changes whether kept in automatic or manual mode, the air suspension comes with an optimised compressor to aid the changeover.

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