Porsche has taken the wraps off the new Cayenne SUV. The 3rd gen Cayenne has been thoroughly restored and re-engineered despite only receiving a mild exterior design revamp. Porsche will bring the new Cayenne to India in June 2018. The Cayenne is the second largest selling Porsche model globally, but it is the bestselling model for Porsche in India. The new SUV has a lighter and more contemporary platform, an aluminum body structure, a 48V electrical system and a redesigned interior with added connectivity options. “The new Cayenne is a Porsche by all means and with no negotiations,” said Porsche CEO Oliver Blume, speaking at the Cayenne’s launch. “Never before has it rented so much from the 911.” The third-generation Cayenne will make its public debut at the Frankfurt motor show in September. It will initially have a two-variant line-up, the Cayenne and Cayenne S. Both run newly developed V6 petrol engines in combination with a new eight-speed automatic gearbox and four-wheel drive that has five driving modes to suit the terrain: On-Road, Mud, Gravel, Sand and Rocks.
The Cayenne runs the same turbo-charged 3.0-litre V6 as the new Panamera. With 330-bhp and 450-Nm, it brings 39hp and 50.16Nm more than the previous Cayenne’s naturally aspirated 3.6-litre V6. The new price-leading model covers 0-100kph in 6.2sec (5.9sec with an optional Sport Chrono Package) and has a 244kph top speed. That’s 1.4sec quicker and 15kph more than the old model. The Cayenne S receives a more powerful 2.9-litre turbo V6. With 428hp and 549Nm, it packs 19.72hp and the same torque as the naturally aspirated 3.6-litre V6 engine it replaces. Porsche claims 0-100kph in 5.2sec (4.9sec with the Sport Chrono Package) and a top speed of 265kph, improvements of 0.3sec and 6.4kph over the outgoing Cayenne S. Further models are due to reach showrooms by the end of next year. They include a pair of plug-in hybrids running the same petrol-electric driveline combinations introduced to the 448hp Panamera E-Hybrid and 656hp Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid. There will also be a range-topping Cayenne Turbo sporting a twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 with more than 532hp. Because of governing problems in its home market, Porsche is yet to confirm any diesel engines for its latest Cayenne. But with existing diesels models accounting for a huge percentage of sales in many key markets, successors to the outgoing Cayenne Diesel and Diesel S are expected — with the Diesel S running a 410hp turbo 4.0-litre V8 that’s also used in the Panamera. Porsche’s new SUV is based around the latest MLB architecture of sister firm Audi. The MLB platform underpins the Audi Q7 and Bentley Bentayga and is set to be adopted by the upcoming new Volkswagen Touareg and Lamborghini Urus. The new Cayenne is claimed to have shed up to 65-kg in its most basic form, at 1985kg, despite what Porsche describes as significantly extended standard equipment.