Porsche has unveiled the third generation of the Cayenne, with the all-new platform using mixed metal production techniques resulting in a lighter, yet more rigid construction.
“We have completely redeveloped our successful model. It has been visibly and tangibly improved and perfected in all respects. The Cayenne has also been digitalised and networked throughout to give it a forward-thinking design”, says Oliver Blume, Chairman of the Executive Board at Porsche AG.
The Porsche Cayenne is now 65kgs lighter and available with one of two engine options at launch – both turbocharged six-cylinder units with the 3.0-litre unit rated at 340 hp and 450Nm torque in the Cayenne and the newer generation 2.9-litre unit rated at 440 hp and 550Nm in the Cayenne S.
While the front of the new Cayenne seems like a minor refresh with the most significant element now the 911 sourced headlights, the rest of the car has an edgier look to it, with the rear looking closer to the Macan, with its strong horizontal theme.
Like the Macan, the Porsche Cayenne seeks to capture the strong connect to the 911, also claiming the title of sportscar of SUVs. To that effect the chassis has evolved with mixed tyre sizes and electric steering for the rear wheels ( against the front wheel turn for slow speeds and along with it at high speeds, although the amount is limited) This is taken from the 911 too, improving steering radius. In addition to these typical sports car features, the on-road capabilities are further improved by active all-wheel drive as standard, Porsche 4D Chassis Control, three-chamber air suspension and the Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) electronic roll stabilisation system.
The Porsche Cayenne gets the all-new eight-speed Tiptronic S gearbox with a spaced out eighth gear that improves mileage.
Porsche is offering a new three-stage lighting concept for the headlights: Every Cayenne is fitted with LED headlights as standard. In the next upgrade, the Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS) can be selected as an option, offering a variety of light modes such as cornering light and motorway light.
Other features that have migrated from the 911 include the Mode button on the wheel allowing selection between Normal, Sport and Sport Plus modes as well as a custom one. Additionally pressing the sport response button triggers the short window performance boost from a remapped engine and transmission.
Zero to 100 km/h figures are 6.2 and 5.2 seconds for the Cayenne and Cayenne S, which are further reduced to 5.9 and 4.9 seconds with the Sport Chrono package.