"We haven't made a decision on what time this car is going to be introduced in the American market," Zellmer told Automotive News. It "depends on when we get the technical fix."
A Porsche executive had confirmed in 2014 that the brand would introduce a V-6 diesel Macan with about 245 hp. It was expected to be priced below $60,000 and be positioned between the entry-level Macan S and the Macan Turbo. The diesel-powered Macan already was being offered in Europe and other markets.
Porsche pulled its diesel-powered Cayenne from the market last fall because of the scandal. The technical fix, being worked on by parent Volkswagen, also will determine when the diesel Cayenne returns to the market, Zellmer said.
"The technical solution has to be accepted by the authorities, then we have to do the recall, and we're going to repair the cars seamlessly for our customers," he said.
Zellmer has heard from a lot of customers since the diesel Cayenne was pulled from the market.
"They say, 'Whatever you do, don't take that car off the market because we love it,'" he said. "Customers love its torque and the range."