Porsche has announced it is to launch its first ever diesel model.
Its all-wheel drive Cayenne will now be offered with a diesel engine in reponse to tax incentives for vehicles with diesel engines.
The German performance car maker will equip the Cayenne with a 3.0-litre V6 turbo diesel engine with 240bhp. The average consumption of the Cayenne Diesel claims to be 30.4mpg on the combined cycle, with emissions of only 244g/km CO2.
The decision has been taken as a result of changes made to legal regulations, especially in European markets. 4x4 vehicles are now taxed more, but diesel cars have been given a tax reduction.
The Porsche stake in Volkswagen Group, the world's largest manufacturer of modern diesel engines for passenger cars, has opened up new opportunities to utilise sporty diesel technology.
The diesel-powered Cayenne, which will extend the range of engines for the series, will come equipped with the firm's proven Tiptronic-S automatic gearbox as standard. It will be priced from £40,250.
The diesel will initially be available at Porsche Centres in Europe in February.
Copyright © Press Association 2008