Its proportions amplified in the quest to SUV-ise sportscar lines, the rather “distinctive” third-generation Cayenne sits atop the very same underpinnings as the Audi Q7 and Bentley Bentayga, so it’s no surprise to find numerous same sorts of equipment making its way into the Porsche – albeit with a slightly sportier gait for Stuttgart’s SUV.
In Porsche-speak, “the new Cayenne retains a strong visual connection to its predecessors”. Beyond Porsche, the Cayenne has been a driver of change throughout the luxury industry.
When it reaches United States dealerships next year, the 2019 Cayenne will initially come in two gasoline-powered models with standard all-wheel drive: the base Cayenne with a 3.0L V6 turbo, 340 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque and the Cayenne S, with a 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 making 440 horsepower and 406 pound-feet.
Porsche’s refreshed Cayenne sport utility vehicle features fat rear tires, sharper handling and brawnier engines as the German manufacturer draws on its trademark 911 sports auto to counter a growing array of competitors for the big-selling model.
Rear axle steering, previously found on both the 911 and Panamera, is an option. So, if you liked the look of the gen-two Cayenne, you’ll probably like this one.
Porsche says the twin-turbo Cayenne S does 0-60 miles per hour in 4.9 seconds, or just 4.6 seconds with the optional Sport Chrono package, and covers the quarter-mile in 13.3 seconds (13.2 seconds with Sport Chrono). Top speed is 165mph. 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.
S or no S, Sport Chrono or not, a new eight-speed Tiptronic S automatic transmission is standard across the Cayenne line.
Both Cayenne and Cayenne S come standard with fully variable Porsche Traction Management all-wheel-drive.
Most of the ’19 Cayenne’s exterior is made of aluminum, as is the floorpan assembly, front section and virtually all of the chassis components.
The model is also as much as 65 kilograms (143 pounds) lighter to improve fuel economy and acceleration, helped by a lithium-ion polymer starter battery, which alone saves 10 kilograms in weight, Porsche said. However, it could also make it to the USA for our 2018 model year. Cargo volume is up almost 15 percent from the previous generation.
This is excellent news for the Cayenne’s reputation as the best-driving large SUV.
Starting with the suspension, Porsche’s new three-chamber air suspension unit from the Panamera makes an appearance albeit on the options list, giving drivers a fluid and cossetting ride without the tiresome response normal air suspension can have when being hustled. The optional air suspension is now a three-chamber design, with increased air volume for more granular calibration.
The standard Cayenne will use a 3-litre turbocharged V6 with 335bhp and 332lb ft of torque, while the Cayenne S utilises the same 433bhp 2.9 twin-turbocharged V6 as the Panamera S. This engine produces a more substantial 405lb ft of torque and is also used in Audi’s latest RS5 coupe. Lighting is so important to that Porsche will offer two tiers of upgrades over the standard headlamps: a Porsche Dynamic Light System (PLDS) or LED Matrix Beam headlights with PDLS. They are cast-iron discs with tungsten-carbide coating to increase friction and cut brake wear and dust.
While the 2019 Porsche Cayenne’s exterior evokes the Macan, the new model’s interior takes its cues from the new third-generation Panamera sedan. A newly styled dashboard features a combination of analogue and digital instruments as well as a centre console with the same touch-sensitive controls and 12.3in touchscreen as the Panamera.
The list of driver aid upgrades is impressive and thoroughly modern, including optional thermal night vision, lane change assist, lane keep assist, traffic sign recognition, InnoDrive adaptive cruise with traffic jam assist and much more.
The new Cayenne is claimed to have shed up to 65kg in its most basic form, at 1985kg, despite what Porsche describes as significantly extended standard equipment.