Porsche senses the tide turning against big SUVs--and it's rushing a greener Cayenne to market, according to a blog by Britain's Autocar
Autocar reports the Stuttgart sportscar maker and latter-day SUV adopter is planning a lighter, more efficient Cayenne for market sometime after 2011. The Cayenne cousin, the Volkswagen Touareg, is being replaced in late 2010 or 2011, they report, and Porsche boss Wendelin Wiedeking is using his substantial influence at VW to make sure the replacement vehicles are lighter and cheaper to build.
The more compact new SUV has been seen by spy photographers and has been apparently mislabeled as a smaller-than-Cayenne SUV.
Porsche has said the next Cayenne will offer both diesel and hybrid powertrains, possibly derived from Audi's new 3.0-liter V-6 turbodiesel. The hybrid powertrain bows first in the Porsche Panamera sedan in 2010, and could give that vehicle 30-mpg fuel economy.