The new Porsche Cayenne has been revealed, with the firm saying that it has taken a “no compromise” approach to the SUV.
The third generation of the Cayenne, on the screen, in Frankfurt, has been thoroughly revamped and redesigned in spite of receiving a mild exterior makeover. It has a lighter and more contemporary platform, an aluminum body structure, a 48V electrical system and an interior redesigned with added connectivity options.
â€œThe new Cayenne is a Porsche by any means necessary, and without compromise,â€ said chief executive officer of Porsche Oliver Blume, speaking at the launch of the Cayenne. â€œHe has never borrowed so much of the 911.â€
The third generation of the Cayenne will make its public debut at the Frankfurt motor show in September, with UK deliveries starting next April. She will face a long list of luxury rivals, including the Audi Q7, BMW X5, Jaguar F-Pace, Mercedes-Benz GLE and the Range Rover Sport.
2018-model-year Cayenne will initially have a two-variant line-up, the Cayenne and the Cayenne S. to run newly developed V6 petrol engine in combination with a new eight-speed automatic gearbox and four-wheel drive, which offers five driving modes to suit the terrain: On-Road, Mud, Gravel, Sand, and Rocks.
Autocar has already driven a prototype of the 2018 Cayenne. Read our exclusive review here.
The Cayenne runs the same turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 of the new porsche Panamera. With 335bhp and 332lb ft, it offers 40bhp and 37lb ft more than the previous Cayenne’s naturally aspirated 3.6-litre V6. The new price-model covers 0-62mph in 6.2 sec (5.9 sec with an optional Sport Chrono package) and has a 152mph top speed. It is 1.4 sec quicker and 9mph more than the old model.
The Cayenne S gets a more powerful engine of 2.9 liter turbo V6. With 434bhp and 405lb ft, it packs 20bhp and same torque as the naturally aspirated 3.6-litre V6 engine it replaces. Porsche claims 0-62mph in 5.2 sec (4.9 sec with the Sport Chrono Package) and a top speed of 165mph, improvements of 0.3 sec and 4mph up on the outgoing Cayenne S.
Other models are due to reach showrooms by the end of next year. They include a pair of plug-in hybrid running the same gasoline-electric traction combinations introduced to the 455bhp Panamera E-Hybrid and 666bhp Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid. There will also be a range topping Cayenne Turbo sports a twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 with more than 540bhp.
Due to regulatory issues in its home market, Porsche is yet to confirm to all the diesel engines for its latest Cayenne. But with the existing diesel models accounting for a large percentage of sales in many key markets, including the united KINGDOM, the successors of the outgoing Cayenne Diesel and Diesel S are expected â€” with the Diesel’s running a 416bhp turbo 4.0-litre V8 which is also used in the Panamera.
Porsche new SUV is based around the latest MLB architecture of sister firm Audi. The MLB platform underpins the Audi Q7, and Bentley Bentayga, and should be adopted by the arrival of the new Volkswagen Touareg and the Lamborghini Urus.
The new Cayenne is said to have paid up to 65kg in its most basic form, 1985kg, in spite of what Porsche describes as a significantly extended standard equipment.
The Cayenne has also increased, although only slightly. The 4918mm, it is 63 mm longer than the outgoing model. The width is also up by 44 mm, 1983mm, although the height has been reduced from 9 mm 1694mm. In spite of the increase of the length, the wheelbase is still 2895mm.
Although the exterior represents a clear evolution of the outgoing model, the interior of the new Cayenne has been redesigned. A new style dashboard features a combination of analogue and digital instruments as well as a center console with the same controls as the touch screen and 12.3-touch screen like the Panamera. Luggage space has increased by 100 litres over the old Cayenne, to 770 litres.
Porsche is already in the process of the dynamic properties of the new model. With the reduction of weight, the Cayenne pepper adopts an aluminium – intensive chassis, double-wishbone front and multi-link rear suspension. It comes with a Porsche 4D Chassis Control system and, on the Cayenne S, Porsche Active Suspension Management with variable rate shock absorbers.
Like every Porsche, there is an optional Sport Chrono package with four modes: Normal, Sport, Sport Plus and individual-configurable parameter. A Sport of the Response function defines the mapping for the engine and transmission to their more performance-oriented settings.
In another development, the option of Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC), which provides roll stabilization, acting on the roll bars to counteract body lean in turns, provides hydraulic control for a new electrical control system which is claimed to provide faster response times. The SUV also receives optional rear-wheel drive.
The new Cayenne is already available for order in the united KINGDOM. The entry level model is priced at Â£55,965, with the Cayenne S costing Â£68,330.
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