New variant set to broaden the Cayenne model range and take on the Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe and BMW X6
9 July 2018

Porsche has begun testing a coupé version of its third-generation Cayenne SUV that's set to fight the BMW X6 from the end of 2019. These pictures show a Cayenne coupé development model on roads in Germany.

The new Cayenne variant, also conceived to rival the Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupé, is intended to broaden the scope of the Cayenne line-up, which currently comprises only one body style and features petrol and hybrid models.

Engineering sources close to the German car maker told Autocar that UK sales for the more sleek Cayenne derivative are set to begin in the fourth quarter of 2019. Its arrival was confirmed by Porsche boss Oliver Blume, who revealed that he'd granted a production green light to the coupé in June.

Blume first hinted at the Cayenne hybrid in an interview with Autocar last year. The five-door Cayenne coupé will be based heavily on its more practical Cayenne sibling, alongside which it will be assembled at Porsche’s factory in Leipzig, Germany.

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The spy pictures show that the new Porsche model receives the same front-end styling as the third-generation Cayenne, albeit with a unique front bumper design. But in a move mirroring that of its key rivals, it adopts a newly styled liftback-style tailgate, altered rear side windows and a new tail-light design that is aimed at providing the Cayenne coupé with a sporting profile similar to that of the second-generation Panamera.

Camouflaging over the rear lights hide their design, but Autocar's rendering (above) offers insight into what to expect when the model is revealed.

Porsche intends to position the Cayenne coupé as a performance model, with both a 440bhp version of its twin-turbocharged 2.9-litre V6 and a 550bhp version of its twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 petrol engines set to be offered from launch.

No diesel-engined versions of the new model are planned, although a diesel variant of the normal Cayenne SUV is due next year.

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8 June 2018

Porsche now has more 4 doors models than 2 doors ...............  :(

8 June 2018

I wish they would make a nice sporty GT with their 4liter V8 to rival the S63 AMG. My kinda car 

RPF

9 June 2018

Panamera Turbo (S) ?

8 June 2018

They are usually quite good... but what is that?

8 June 2018

When will this madness stop?

8 June 2018

Isn’t that just a Panamera?!, really, how many types of Car do we need?

Peter Cavellini.

8 June 2018

 ... so tired of these companies slavishly following each other. If you reduce the 'U' in 'SUV' to the extent that you end up with 'SV', then what is the point of bulk such as this? Illogical, wasteful decadence.

Wide cars in a world of narrow.

8 June 2018

Not sure why people are complaining about this and the other 'coupes' in the class, people are spending their money to buy them so let the manufacturers make them. Am all for more choice and diversity even though they make no sense from a rational point of view compared to the cars they are based on. 

wmb

10 July 2018
drive africa 2014 wrote:

Not sure why people are complaining about this and the other 'coupes' in the class, people are spending their money to buy them so let the manufacturers make them. Am all for more choice and diversity even though they make no sense from a rational point of view compared to the cars they are based on. 

...loud and proud! As people complain about these coupes, I say let freedom ring (or is the expression reign?)! Yes they are less practical, but two door cars are less practical then four door, yet most enthusiast want more two-door cars. Sadly we are watching as the buying public are moving away from cars all together, be it two door or other wise. Straight into SUV/CUV/Crossovers. Still others complain about the two box shape of these utility vehicles and in walks the four coupe, with (arguably) more style and premium price to boot. And while people stand in lines to buy them, still others complain about these being less practical. Why? Because ironically there is less space in the boot!  

8 June 2018

Trounce.

 

BNW and Audi won’t know what hit them....

Steam cars are due a revival.

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