Porsche was supposed to ditch diesel engines completely, according to a report published earlier this month.
However, according to AutoNews, the new Cayenne will gain an oil burner that will eventually find its way into the revamped Macan as well.
“We’re not saying that we are exiting [diesel]”, the brand’s sales chief, Detlev von Platen, told the publication. “Presently, the planning process foresees one for the Cayenne, and probably for the Macan, too. For the SUV models, it [diesel engine] makes sense, where customers want torque and range”.
The diesel variant of the new-gen Cayenne, which was shown in Frankfurt last year, is expected to debut “in the course of this year”, von Platen said. Such engines aren’t that important to the brand, added the Porsche official, stating that “only about 14 percent of the 246,000 cars we sell worldwide are a diesel”, whereas “demand for PHEVs” is “big”.
In addition to the Macan diesel, the premium compact SUV is also expected to gain a hybrid variant, probably next year.
The vehicle is currently in testing phase and will sport a few styling tweaks on the outside, along with a few changes made in the cabin, such as the relocation of the air vents and the introduction of a larger infotainment screen.
No official release date has been announced yet for the 2019 Macan, but it could arrive in the first half of the year.
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