German carmaker Porsche has unveiled the all-new 2018 model year Cayenne SUV. Porsche has sold over 760,000 units of the Cayenne since it was first introduced in 2002. The third generation Porsche Cayenne will make its public debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.
The third-generation Porsche Cayenne has been given a mild design makeover on the outside along with a redesigned interior but is lighter than before thanks to a new chassis setup and aluminium body structure.
The new Porsche Cayenne is currently available in two guises - the Cayenne and the Cayenne S - both of which are powered by V6 petrol engines. The new Porsche Cayenne is powered by a turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 which produces 335bhp and 450Nm of torque.
The new Cayenne S uses a smaller 2.9-litre twin-turbo V6 which cranks out 433bhp and 550Nm of torque.
Both Cayenne variants are mated to a new 8-speed automatic gearbox and a four-wheel drive system that sports five driving modes: On-Road, Mud, Gravel, Sand and Rock.
The Porsche Cayenne sprints from 0-100kph in 6.2 seconds (which can be bought down to 5.9 seconds by opting for the Sport Chrono package) and has a top speed of 245kph.
The Cayenne S accelerates from 0-100kph in 5.2 seconds (4.9s with the Sport Chrono package) and has a top speed of 265kph.
The new Cayenne is based on the Volkswagen Group's MLB platform which also underpins the Audi Q7 and the Bentley Bentayga and will also underpin the upcoming Lamborghini Urus SUV. Porsche claims that the new Cayenne is 65 kilograms lighter than its predecessor at 1,985 kilograms.
The new Cayenne features a chassis mostly made from aluminium and the new SUV sports double-wishbone front and multi-link rear suspension. Porsche is also offering an active anti-roll bar setup with the optional the optional Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) package as well as optional rear-wheel steering.
The new Porsche Cayenne is 63mm longer than the outgoing model at 4,918mm while width has also increased by 44m at 1,983mm. Height has decreased by 9mm to 1,694mm. Despite the increase in length, the wheelbase of the Cayenne remains unchanged at 2,895mm.
The all-new Porsche Cayenne features slightly revised exterior styling with a larger grille and narrower LED DRLs compared to the previous-gen SUV while at the rear, the Cayenne sports tail lights that stretch across the boot similar to the ones found on the Panamera Sport Turismo.
The new Cayenne's interior has undergone a major overhaul and is dominated by a large 12.3-inch infotainment display. The centre console sports touch-sensitive buttons similar to the ones found on the Panamera, though most of the car is controlled through the infotainment system.
The third-generation of the Porsche Cayenne has been thoroughly revised and is lighter and larger than before. While the cosmetic changes are minimal (something we've come to expect of Porsche), the new Cayenne comes bristlingwith tech and is faster than ever.
Expect to find out the full potential of the new Cayenne when Porsche unleashes the more potent turbo and hybrid variants come in the near future.