Everything you need to know about the new Porsche Cayenne
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Porsche’s new Cayenne has been working out hard at the automotive gym to look slimmer, sleeker, more powerful and toned ahead of its world debut on Tuesday night.
The third generation four-wheel drive four-door sports utility vehicle is longer, leaner and lighter than its predecessor, but – as with many Porsche models – there are no radical departure in the looks department. In fact, you might just struggle to tell it apart from the current version.
It won't be flexing its muscles in the flesh until the Frankfurt Motor Show on September 16, but here's a sneak preview of its trim new physique.
Available to order now, the new five-seater 4X4 is a whopping 65kg lighter – the equivalent to taking out the weight of a potential teenage passenger – and comes with new engines, a new chassis, and more connectivity.
From launch, two petrol versions will be on offer.
The base Cayenne model has a turbo-charged 3.0-litre six-cylinder turbo engine delivering 340 horse-power - 40hp more than the outgoing model - that propels it from rest to 62mph in 6.2 seconds (5.9 seconds with the Sport Chrono package) and a top speed of 152mph. It will be the 'affordable' option.
The more powerful Cayenne S is driven by a 440 horse-power twin-turbo 2.9-litre V6 engine - another 20hp on the previous 'S'. That means it can charge from a standing start to 62mph in just 5.2 seconds (or 4.9 seconds with the Sport Chrono package). The top speed for this more potent selection is a sports-car mauling 164mph. New Zealand pricing is expected in early 2018.
Porsche has dubbed the Cayenne ‘the sports car among sports utility vehicles’ combining high performance with everyday versatility.
Some images of the German performance car-maker’s new SUV leaked out by accident over the weekend ahead of its official unveiling in Stuttgart on Tuesday.
Porsche said: ‘The Cayenne draws heavily on inspiration from the iconic 911 sports car, notably in its technology and more subtly in design cues.’
For example, the new Cayenne features ‘mixed’ tyres – which are wider at the rear than the front – of between standard 19 inches and optional 20- and 21 inches. Its on-road prowess is enhanced by active all-wheel drive fitted as standard.
And for the first time there is the option of electric rear-axle steering which has been ‘tried and tested’ both in the 911 and the Panamera, says Porsche.
’It improves agility in bends and high speed lane-change stability. The reduced turning circle also makes for easier manoeuvring day to day,’ the manufacturer revealed.
Porsche’s ‘4D Chassis Control’, three-chamber air suspension and roll stabilisation system can all be specified to boost dynamic driving and comfort - but expect to pay a handsome premium if you want these luxuries.
Porsche noted: 'Through ingenious design, the Cayenne weighs up to 65kg less than its predecessor despite the higher level of standard equipment; and also remains perfectly suited to off-road use.’
Describing the Cayenne’s evolving rather than radical design as ‘new and yet familiar’, Porsche said: ‘The enlarged air intakes at the front are clear statements of the increased performance. The new horizontal light edges create a wider and more athletic impression, even when stationary. ‘
The streamlined new Cayenne is 63mm longer and the roofline is 9mm lower than the vehicle it replaces.
But there’s more room for carrying your kit with an extra 100 litres of luggage space – taking the total up 770 litres.
Wheels are an inch larger in diameter, with wider wheels and tyres on the rear axle for the first time, emphasising the ‘enhanced driving dynamics’.
The new eight-speed Tiptronic S automatic gearbox promises quicker gear changes and sportier ratios in the lower gears to enhance both on-road performance and off-road capability. The longer-legged eighth gear ensures lower revs, optimum fuel consumption and ‘relaxed cruising’, says Porsche.
As well as the default ‘on-road’ setting the new Cayenne has four off-road modes: Mud, Gravel, Sand or Rocks.
With the help of the brand's Traction Management system, the power is distributed between the driven axles to keep traction on tough terrain.
The new lightweight chassis allows the third generation Cayenne to be ‘sports car, off-roader and touring car’ rolled into one, says Porsche.
To help the more powerful car stop in plenty of time, Porsche announced a ‘world première’ of its more durable brakes.
Available as an option for all Cayenne models with 20-inch and 21-inch diameter wheels, it consists of a cast-iron disc with a tungsten-carbide coating to reduce wear and brake dust. The brake callipers are painted white, while the surface of the discs develops a unique ‘shine’ appearance after bedding-in.
The ‘Sport Chrono’ package allows Normal, Sport and Sport Plus driving modes, as well as an individually configurable mode.
To save weight, reduce fuel consumption and improve driving dynamics, the new body of the Cayenne also uses an ‘intelligent combination’ of alloy and steel. The exterior is made entirely of aluminium.
The floor pan assembly, front section and virtually all the chassis components are also manufactured from alloy. An innovative lithium-ion polymer starter battery alone accounts for a weight saving of 10kg over the predecessor model.
Porsche said: ‘In total, the weight of the Cayenne when empty has been reduced from 2,040 to 1,985 kilograms – even considering the high level of standard equipment.’
Inside the car, the driver has a new 12.3-inch full-HD touchscreen and access to a menu of digital functions which can be accessed by voice control. There is also built-in wi-fi access that feeds the sat-nav with real-time traffic information.
But as well as voice-control and a computer-style glass touchscreen, there are also proper buttons to twiddle and press: ‘In typical Porsche style, the driver has a central analogue tachometer to view. This is flanked by two 7-inch full-HD displays, which display all other relevant driving data plus additional information selected using the multi-function steering wheel,' the interior description tells us.
Safety features include Night Vision Assist with a thermal imaging camera, Lane Change Assist, Lane Keeping and traffic sign recognition, and hi-tech help with negotiating traffic jams and parking.
And if you swap drivers a lot, up to six individual personal profiles can also be configured so that whoever is behind the wheel will have the car. music and seats, set up just how they like it.
The company’s UK arm will be offering customers bespoke driving experiences around the tracks at the Porsche Experience Centre at Silverstone.
- Daily Mail