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Stuttgart automaker, Porsche may sell diesel versions of its Cayenne SUV and the expected Panamera sedan in the United States soon.

“We are discussing internally if we should introduce the Cayenne diesel in the U.S. this year. Also a Panamera diesel is an option,” said Bernhard Maier, Porsche’s sales and marketing director, in an interview with Automotive News Europe.

In Europe, Porsche already sells the Cayenne diesel and is expected to debut a Panamera diesel variant this year.

Even if at this moment diesels have only a tiny market share, Porsche is aware that the diesel market in states is increasing fast even among luxury car buyers.

“We will make a decision soon,” Maier said.

For those who don’t know, the 2010 Porsche Cayenne Diesel 3.0 TDI is the first Porsche diesel since production of the tractors ended completely in 1964. 2010 Cayenne diesel delivers 240 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque.

Mileage is estimated at 25.3 U.S. mpg. A Tiptronic-S gearbox transmits power to all four wheels.