Porsche, the German luxury car maker, on Thursday launched its second generation Porsche Cayenne. Porsche is part of the Volkswagen Group and has been in India since 2004. Cayenne is the highest selling petrol sports utility vehicle (SUV) in the premium luxury segment. It sold 93 cars in 2009 and the new Cayenne range will come in five derivatives and the range starts with the 3.6 litre V6 Cayenne with a 300 bhp engine priced at Rs. 59.22 lakh going up to Rs. 1.27 crore for the Cayenne Turbo. The cars are imported by Precision Cars India and will be available nationally.

“We have reduced CO2 emissions up to 26 per cent and fuel consumption up to 23 per cent,” said Deesch Papke, Managing Director, Porsche Middle East and Africa.

Addressing the media, James Bourne, Regional Operational Head, Porsche Middle East, said, “We will be launching all the five derivatives in India.

The car with its eight-speed Tiptronic S transmission, has a 20 per cent lower fuel consumption than the previous models at 9.9 litres per 100 km. The Cayenne Diesel with its 240 bhp 3-litre V6 also reduces fuel consumption by 20 per cent down from 9.3 to 7.4 litres per 100 km.

“We already have a strong order bank for the new Cayenne and with new Porsche centres set to open in Chandigarh, Chennai, Kochi, Hyderabad and Ahmedabad, we expect it to grow even more,'' said Ashish Chordia, Director, Porsche India.