No one likes to be defeated by a younger brother, but that’s what destiny the Porsche Cayenne SUV has become since the smaller and more handsome Tiger was introduced in 2014.
Now, Porsche has revealed a new Cayenne. And while styling is an evolution of what we know, it binds a car that combines performance improvements, practicality and efficiency with a host of new technologies designed to improve the driving experience and connectivity.
Porsche Cayenne is now nearing the end of its life cycle, because its successor has been seen many times in prototype form. The exterior is still partially disguised but we can see most of the details of a third-generation model that seems to have a sleeker look dominated by longer and flat roofs.
The new Cayenne is due out at the end of 2017, as a 2018 model, and when it arrives, it should offer increased dynamics, fuel efficiency and performance thanks to the SUV version of the Volkswagen Group MLB platform. The platform debuted in Audi Q7 2017 and has since appeared in 2017 Bentley Bentleyga and 2018 Audi Q5. It will also be present at the next VW Touareg and SUV Urus Lamborghini.
The benefits of this platform are lighter weight and increased stiffness, caused by the combination of high strength steel, aluminum and even some carbon fiber in the mix. We estimate the new Cayenne weigh as much as 220 pounds less than current models, which on the base trim still weighs nearly 4,500 lb.
As for styling, second generation Porsche Panamera plus smaller SUV Tigers show the way. Look for a new Cayenne to adopt a Tiger clamshell hood and tail cover lights. Panamera’s front air intake is also expected to be featured in the design.
Powertrains are expected to largely reflect the order in the current Cayenne. The V-6 engine will be featured in Cayenne S and mid-range basic models. The plug-in hybrid setup will be used for the new Cayenne E-Hybrid (not Cayenne S E-Hybrid), and the twin-turbocharged V-8 for the Cayenne Turbo. The high-performance plug-in hybrid setup will also be equipped with the new Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid, as in the Panamera range. Given the VW Group’s diesel emission scandal, do not expect a current Cayenne Diesel replacement in the United States. We must be offered overseas.
Inside, it is expected the design is similar to Panamera interior. There will be few physical buttons thanks to a better touchscreen interface. There will also be better infotainment and connectivity options, plus more complete electronic driver tools with semi autonomous features.
Porsche Cayenne 2018 Engine
Initially, there were two newly developed V6 petrol engines to choose from: 335bhp 3.0 liter with one turbocharger and twin-turbo 2.9 liter that produced 434bhp. The first model is just badged as Cayenne, while the second is Cayenne S. Both are stronger than their predecessors – each of 39bhp and 20bhp.
When equipped with an optional Chrono Sport Package, which includes a form of launch control that helps you speed up as fast as possible from the start of stands, the usual Cayenne can reach 0-62mph at 5.9sec (compared to 6.2sec without it). Cayenne S, meanwhile, can reach 62mph at 4.9sec when equipped with Sport Chrono Package or 5.2sec if you do not check this box on the options list.
Also helping performance is the new eight-speed automatic gearbox which shifts faster than the old auto box and has a sporty ratio on the lower gear. At the same time, the upper upper teeth continue to spin onto the highway and increase fuel consumption and constriction.
Many additional Cayenne variants will be introduced later, including a replacement for the S Diesel, S E-Hybrid and Turbo models at present.
2018 Porsche Cayenne technology
As before, each Cayenne is equipped with four-wheel drive, but is now incorporated with four off-road drive modes designed to help you deal with different conditions: mud, gravel, sand and rocks.
The LED headlamps are also standard across the range, while the optional Porsche Dynamic Light System Plus delivers 84 individually-enabled light-emitting diodes to enable cornering lights, high beams that are not blinding for oncoming traffic and the control of adaptive glare.
Other options available include rear steering to improve high-speed agility and turning circles, and the iron disc brakes are coated with a tungsten-carbide coating that increases friction – and therefore stops power – while reducing wear and tear.
The suspension has been redesigned as well, and versions with 19-inch or higher wheels now have a wider rear tire than the front, like a 911 sports car, to improve cornering stability.
Interior Porsche Cayenne 2018
Move in and the new Cayenne resembles the latest Panamera luxury car, which means Porsche has moved a lot of controls to the touch sensitive panel between the front seats. This setting looks great but, in Panamera, this can be a problem while using while driving, as you often have to look down to see what you are pushing.
The touchscreen infotainment system is much more impressive, with big icons that you can hit accurately even while on the go. The screen has a high resolution too, and is free of lag; This is one of the best touch screen systems out there.
Systems that can be accessed through the screen include satellite navigation with real-time traffic information and Porsche Connect Plus, which allows access to online services and the internet. Meanwhile, the choice includes Night Vision Assist with thermal imaging camera.
Porsche Cayenne 2018 Price
Uncharacterized Cayenne will cost £ 55,965, while the Cayenne S is priced from £ 68,330 – £ 3791 increase on exit models. But then you get more standard equipment, including larger wheels, front and rear parking sensors, LTE phone connections with Wi-fi hotspots and automatic emergency braking with anticipatory pedestrian protection.
Order books are open now, although UK shipments will not begin until next April.