The third-generation Porsche Cayenne a few hour ago, so now we have a complete picture of what’s the redesigned SUV is actually bringing. The luxury high-riding vehicle will hit the 2017 Frankfurt auto show first. This means that the Europeans are getting Porsche’s flagship SUV as the 2018 model. The U.S. public will, on the other hand, have to wait until early 2018, which means that the awesome car will be introduced as the 2019 Porsche Cayenne.
Out first impression is pretty much the same as earlier when we said that the redesigned Cayenne looks pretty much the same as its predecessor. However, by scratching under the skin, we noticed that this is not just a mere facelift, but a complete redesign which appears to be tactically impeccable for many reasons. Porsche’s artists used the thinnest brush, so the exterior changes are not too obvious, but that’s okay as long as it looks good. And the 2019 Cayenne looks gorgeous without any doubt. After all, it’s wider, longer, uses bigger wheels, and sits closer to the ground. Plus, it features a number of important non-design changes.
The manufacturer switched the platform, though the new one hasn’t shed as many pounds as we expected. According to the carmaker, the third generation Cayenne is just 143 pounds lighter, which isn’t too big success. However, the MLB modular-longitudinal architecture brought more free space inside. The new model got around 100 liters of additional storage, while the chassis also has a positive influence on safety as well.
Even though they are talking about only two engine options at the moment, the crossover will definitely offer more options. The regular vehicle will debut with a 3.0-liter turbo engine, which makes 340 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque. In addition, Porsche will show the 2019 Cayenne S mated to a 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 capable of producing 440 HP and 406 lb-ft of twist. All-wheel drive will be the only choice, which is the case with an updated eight-speed transmission too.
Sometime later, they will definitely introduce the redesigned Cayenne Turbo which is going to use a 550 hp strong twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8, as well as two plug-in hybrids: one based on the 2.9-liter V-6 and other which combines an electric motor with the aforementioned V-8 engine. Unofficially, the more potent plug-in hybrid Cayenne will make 680 horsepower in total.
The U.S. buyers have no reason to wait for any diesel option because the manufacturer has no such plan at all. On the other hand, the rest of the world will be able to choose between two oil-burner models – one with 3.0-liter and other with 4.0-liter capacity.
Standard springs, adaptive dampers, and air suspension with roll stabilization are just some of standard features across the range, as it’s an infotainment system with a 12.3-inch touchscreen. However, as much as we appreciate the official photos of the interior, we have to say that we saw everything already because the 2019 Cayenne stole every single detail from the Panamera.
According to Porsche, the U.S. model will reach the dealerships next summer. The base model will be priced $66,750, while the amazing Cayenne S is going to cost exactly $83,950.