Porsche drops all diesel models from line-up

Porsche drops all diesel models from line-up

In a move that a Porsche spokesman said mirrors the "cultural shift" of the brand's customers, the German manufacturer has discontinued its last two diesel models, the Macan S Diesel and Panamera 4S Diesel.

PORSCHE has announced it has dropped the diesel-engined Macan, leaving it without a single oil-burning option across its entire product line-up. As the country is rushing toward adopting BS-VI emission norm in April 2020, diesel cars are expected to see sales going down significantly as pricing of the diesel models will be much higher due to the stricter norm.

Speculations around Porsche dropping diesel technology altogether arose after the company did not launch a diesel version of the third-generation model of its Cayenne SUV.

It potentially spells an end for oil-burning versions of the Porsche Cayenne, which is now in run-out ahead of the introduction of an all-new model later this year that is yet to confirm if it will add a diesel variant.

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Recently, Porsche had made a decision to ditch its diesel investment in favour of electrification, which is more or less an aftermath of its parent's infamous Dieselgate scandal. However, all of that will end this year as Porsche retires all its diesel-powered vehicles.

The cull comes after the brand chose not the launch the new version of its Cayenne SUV with a diesel engine and had remained silent on its market introduction.

It's worth noting that Porsche CEO Oliver Blume told Reuters that the company could axe diesels in favor of gas-electric hybrids and all-electric models. Porsche does not develop or build diesel engines itself. The original Cayenne was the first modern Porsche to offer diesel power when it went on sale in 2002. The brand now only has hybrid versions of the Cayenne SUV and Panamera grand tourer, which includes the flagship V8-engined, 500kW Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid. Michael Steiner, Porsche's R&D board member, stated electric vehicles should account for a quarter of yearly Porsche sales in 2025.

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