Porsche reveals restyled Cayenne SUV video

The renewal of the Porsche line-up continues apace with the unveiling of the new third-generation Cayenne at the company's Zuffenhausen headquarters on the outskirts of Stuttgart in Germany.

Set to make its public premiere at the upcoming 2017 Frankfurt motor show prior to a planned start to New Zealand deliveries by the middle of next year, the upmarket SUV has been thoroughly redesigned and re-engineered in a program aimed at improving its competitiveness against a long list of luxury class rivals, including the Audi Q7, BMW X5, Jaguar F-Pace, Land Rover Sport and Mercedes-Benz GLE.

As well as adopting an altered appearance, the latest Cayenne receives a lighter and more contemporary platform, aluminium body structure, 48-volt electrical system and a revised interior with added connectivity options among a raft of other developments.

The new 2018 Porsche Cayenne.
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The new 2018 Porsche Cayenne.

At its unveiling, Porsche chairman Oliver Blume confirmed the 2018-model-year Cayenne line-up will initially consist of just two models, the Cayenne and Cayenne S. Both run newly developed V6 petrol engines already introduced to the Panamera in combination with a new eight-speed automatic gearbox from German specialist ZF and a standard four-wheel drive system.

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The new 2018 Porsche Cayenne.
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The new 2018 Porsche Cayenne.

The third incarnation of the Porsche off-roader is based around sister company Audi's latest MLB (Modularen Langsbau – modular longitudinal) architecture, as used by the latest Q7 and Bentley Bentayga and also set to be adopted by the upcoming third-generation Volkswagen Touareg and Lamborghini Urus.

With a heavily redesigned floorpan that uses a greater amount of aluminium in combination with hot-formed high-strength steel together with an exterior manufactured entirely of aluminium and a lithium-ion starter battery which alone accounts for a weight saving of 10kg over the lead acid battery used by its predecessor, it is claimed to have shed up to 65kg in its most basic form at 1985kg, despite what Porsche describes a significantly extended standard equipment levels.

Stylistically, the new Cayenne continues the lineage established with its predecessor introduced in 2010 and subsequently facelifted in 2014, albeit with cues that help link it to the smaller Macan. The updated look is among the more conservative design proposals put to board members, according to Porsche insiders, who suggest strong sales of the outgoing model, most notably in China, were behind the decision to retain the familiar exterior lines.

The new 2018 Porsche Cayenne.
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The new 2018 Porsche Cayenne.

The front-end styling is particularly reminiscent of the second-generation Cayenne. It receives a wider and more horizontal grille, lower leading edge for improved aerodynamic efficiency and similarly shaped headlamps as its predecessor. The Porsche design team, headed by Michael Mauer, has also eschewed the clamshell style bonnet of the Macan for a more conventional approach with shut lines along the top of the rounded front fenders instead of along the flanks.

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As with the Panamera, the sides feature smooth surfacing with fuller forms. The wheel arches and hunches over the rear wheels have been made more prominent than in previous Cayenne models, though the new model continues without any significant swage or features lines. The roof also appears to fall away at the greater angle towards the rear, where it is extended visually by a large tailgate mounted spoiler element above the rear window.  

The rear is completely new in look, and does away with the large oval shaped tail lamps for more heavily structured slim line units similar in shape to those used by the Panamera. They are connected by a full width light bar, which is designed to emphasise the width of the new SUV. The initial models retain the dual rectangular tail pipes of previous Cayenne models, though more powerful versions are expected to adopt a quad setup.

The new 2018 Porsche Cayenne.
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The new 2018 Porsche Cayenne.

The new Porsche has grown, albeit only slightly. At 4918mm, it is 63mm longer than the outgoing second-generation Cayenne. Width is also up by 44mm at 1983mm, though height has been reduced by 9mm to 1694mm. Despite the increase in length, the wheelbase remains at 2895mm, endowing the new model with longer front and rear overhangs.  

While its exterior represents a clear evolution of the outgoing model, the interior of the new Cayenne has been completely revamped with a newly styled dashboard with a combination of traditional analogue and digital instruments as well as a centre console featuring the same touch sensitive controls as the Panamera helping to provide it with a much more luxurious look than before.

The centrepiece of the new interior is a 12.3-inch touch screen – as used by the Panamera. It controls the latest generation of the Porsche Communication Management system. Although Porsche is not making any solid claims about interior accommodation, it confirms luggage space has been increased by an impressive 100 litres over the old Cayenne at a generous 770 litres.

As part of an extensive list of connectivity options, the new models comes with an optional LTE telephone module, including a WiFi hotspot. There is also a new range of driver assistance systems, including Night Vision Assist with a thermal imaging camera, Lane Change Assist, Lane Keeping Assist including traffic sign recognition, Traffic Jam Assist, Park Assist with Surround View and Porsche's new InnoDrive system with adaptive radar controlled cruise control.

The new Cayenne will eventually be offered with a wide number of models and drivelines. The launch line-up, however, supports just two V6 models: the Cayenne and Cayenne S. Both receive a new eight-speed torque converter equipped automatic gearbox with steering wheel mounted shift paddles that Porsche claims offers improved response in combination with a reworked permanent four-wheel drive system offering five different driving modes: on-road, Mud, Gravel, Sand and Rocks.    

The Cayenne runs the same turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 introduced to the new Panamera earlier this year. With 250kW and 450Nm of torque, it delivers 30kW and 50Nm more than the previous Cayenne's old naturally aspired 3.6-litre V6, providing the new pricing leading model with 0-100kmh acceleration in 6.2sec (5.9sec in combination with an optional Sport Chrono Package) and 245kmh top speed for improvements of 1.4sec and 15km/h over the old model.

The Cayenne S receives a more powerful turbocharged 2.9-litre V6. With 324kW and 550Nm, Porsche claims 0-100kmh in 5.2sec (4.9sec with the Sport Chrono Package) and a top speed of 265kmh, figures which represent a respective 0.3sec and 5km/h on its predecessor.

Further models, including a pair of zero-emission compatible plug in hybrids running the same plug-in petrol-electric driveline combinations introduced to the 340kW Panamera E-Hybrid and 500kW Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid as well as a range topping Cayenne Turbo sporting a twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 with 404kW, are planned to reach showrooms by the end of 2018.

Owing to regulatory 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 large percentage of sales in many key markets it is expected there will be will be successors to the outgoing Cayenne Diesel and Cayenne Diesel S – the latter running the 310kW turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 engine used by the Panamera Diesel S.

Porsche is already talking up the dynamic properties of its new model. Together with the reduction in weight, the 2018 Cayenne adopts a newly developed aluminium intensive chassis with a double wishbone front and multi-link rear suspension coupled with revised elastokinematic properties all round. It comes with a so-called Porsche 4D Chassis Control system and, on the Cayenne S model, Porsche Active Suspension Management with variable rate dampers.  

There's also a new wheel and tyre package with those at the rear now wider than those up front for the first time – a development, Zuffenhausen sources suggest, has enabled Porsche to tune its four-wheel drive system to deliver greater drive to the rear wheels due to added levels of grip.

As with all Porsche models, there is an optional sport Chrono Package. It is activated by a rotary button on the new Cayenne's redesign steering wheel, offering four driving modes: normal, sport and sport plus as well as an individually configurable setting. A Sport Response function instantly sets the mapping for the engine and transmission into their most performance orientated settings.  

Buyers can option the new SUV with a new air suspension featuring three chamber plungers, as available on the Panamera. Porsche says the new set-up provides a greater spread between comfort and sport modes as well as greater adjustment and faster reaction times in ground clearance when running in off-road mode.

In a further development, the optional Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC), which provides roll stabilisation by acting on the roll bars to counteract body lean in corners, dispenses with hydraulic control for a new electrically operated system that's claimed to provide faster response times. In a move aimed at improving its manoeuvrability around town as well as its overall agility out on the open road, the new Cayenne also receives optional rear-wheel steering – a development already offered on the various 911 and Panamera models.

Continuing a long tradition of brake innovations, the third-generation Cayenne pioneers the Porsche Surface Coated Brake (PSCB). Available in combination with optional 21-inch wheels, it consists of a cast iron disc featuring a tungsten-carbide coating. The new combination is claimed to increase friction values for improved stopping ability. At the same time, Porsche says wear and brake dust are reduced over more conventional cast iron discs. The new brakes are recognisable due to their white coloured callipers. As before, buyers can also specify Porsche Carbon Ceramic brakes.

Porsche New Zealand has said pricing and specifications for here have not yet been finalised and will be announced early in 2018.

 - drive.com.au

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