The new Porsche Cayenne has been revealed, with the firm saying that it has taken a "no compromise" approach to the SUV.
The third generation Cayenne, on display in Frankfurt, has been thoroughly revamped and re-engineered despite only receiving a mild exterior design revamp. It has a lighter and more contemporary platform, an aluminium 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 compromises,” said Porsche CEO Oliver Blume, speaking at the Cayenne’s launch. “Never before has it borrowed so much from the 911.”
The third-generation Cayenne will make its public debut at the Frankfurt motor show in September, with UK deliveries starting next April. It will face a long list of luxury rivals, including the Audi Q7, BMW X5, Jaguar F-Pace, Mercedes-Benz GLE and Range Rover Sport.
The 2018-model-year Cayenne 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 turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 as the new Panamera. With 335bhp and 332lb ft, it delivers 40bhp and 37lb ft more than the previous Cayenne’s naturally aspirated 3.6-litre V6. The new price-leading model covers 0-62mph in 6.2sec (5.9sec with an optional Sport Chrono Package) and has a 152mph top speed. That’s 1.4sec quicker and 9mph more than the old model.
The Cayenne S receives a more powerful 2.9-litre turbo V6. With 434bhp and 405lb ft, it packs 20bhp and the same torque as the naturally aspirated 3.6-litre V6 engine it replaces. Porsche claims 0-62mph in 5.2sec (4.9sec with the Sport Chrono Package) and a top speed of 165mph, improvements of 0.3sec and 4mph 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 455bhp Panamera E-Hybrid and 666bhp 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 540bhp.