All-New Cayenne Revealed
Porsche has revealed the all-new Cayenne, the third-generation of its popular SUV – Porsche sold around 500,000 examples of the second-generation version alone. The four-wheel drive Porsche follows in the footsteps of its forebear, yet it incorporates new technology that we have largely already seen employed on the latest Panamera, Porsche says that it shares more with the 911 than ever before. Built from alloy and steel to save weight, the new vehicle’s exterior is made entirely of aluminium, the floor pan assembly, front section and chassis components from alloy.
Two models will be offered from launch – Cayenne and Cayenne S, more will follow. The entry-level car features a three-litre six-cylinder engine with a single turbocharger delivering 340hp and developing 332lb ft of torque (a 40hp gain on its forebear). It accelerates from zero to 62mph in 6.2 seconds (5.9 seconds with Sport Chrono). The Cayenne S uses a twin turbocharged 2.9-litre V6 engine delivering 440hp and 405lb ft of torque (an increase of 20hp over the model it replaces). It accelerates from zero to 62mph in 5.2 seconds (4.9 seconds with Sport Chrono).
Joining these engines will be a new eight-speed Tiptronic S automatic gearbox with closer ratios and a taller final drive, and for the first time on a Cayenne, the option of rear-axle steering. In a similar fashion to the 911, the new Cayenne uses a new lightweight chassis with a separated link design of front axle partnered with a multi-link rear axle. Staggered wheels and tyres that are wider at the rear than at the front (19- up to 21-inches) are also a similar prospect to that pioneered on the 911.
Like the Panamera before it, the new vehicle utilises Porsche’s 4D Chassis Control. Adaptive air suspension with a three-chamber setup is available, Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control can also be fitted, it employs an electronic roll stabilisation system over the old hydraulic system. The all-new Cayenne weighs up to 65kg less than its predecessor, in part thanks to the use of a new lithium-ion polymer starter battery. The vehicle is however longer overall than the outgoing model by some 63mm (bringing it to 4,918mm), it features a 9mm lower roof height but there has been no change to its overall wheelbase, which remains 2,895mm. Luggage space has increased by 100-litres to 770-litres.
Fresh styling cues are similar to those debuted on the Panamera, with redesigned rear lighting featuring a three-dimensional design and narrow LED strips. Every version of the all-new Cayenne is fitted with LED headlights as standard, the Porsche Dynamic Light System can be selected as an option, topping the lighting options are new LED main headlights with matrix beam including PDLS Plus.
Active all-wheel drive features on every Cayenne, and there are a range of driving modes available; the default setting is on-road, for mild off-road terrain there is; Mud, Gravel, Sand or Rocks. Chassis and differential locks can be selected to adapt to the relevant scenario. Debuting on the all-new Cayenne are Porsche Surface Coated Brakes (PSCB), these sit below the range-topping PCCB ceramic brakes. A world first, PSCB stoppers are optional on the new SUV and feature a cast-iron disc with a tungsten-carbide coating said to reduce wear and brake dust. The callipers of PSCB brakes are painted white.
Also making its debut on the Cayenne here is a new version of the Sport Chrono Package. The redeveloped system features a Mode button on the steering wheel, familiar from the 911. The Sport Chrono Package includes a separate PSM Sport mode, this sharpens driving dynamics. Porsche’s Advanced Cockpit comes over from the Panamera, including a 12.3-inch full-HD touchscreen using the latest evolution of its PCM system. Further standard equipment includes LED main headlights, larger wheels, ParkAssist (front and rear), digital radio and satellite navigation, an LTE telephone module including a Wi-Fi hotspot, Porsche Connect services and anticipatory pedestrian protection.
The third-generation Cayenne is available to order now priced from £55,965 (Cayenne S from £68,330), the first UK deliveries will be from April 2018.