Porsche Cars North America Inc. is offering Cayenne buyers a system that can preheat the cabin and engine to 80 degrees without the engine running.
The Parking Heater, made by Webasto AG of Stockdorf, Germany, is a factory installed $1,570 option. Porsche expects about 2 percent, or 250, of the 12,500 Cayennes destined for the U.S. market this year to be equipped with the system, which is operated by pressing a button on a key fob.
A domestic automaker will make the system an option in the 2004 model year, Webasto says.
Webasto supplies a similar system to all of Germany's automakers and the aftermarket. About 400,000 BlueHeat systems were sold last year in Germany, says Don Campbell, Webasto's U.S. sales and services manager.
Webasto is starting sales of the preheater, using the BlueHeat brand name, in the North American aftermarket.