Finally, the first spy photos of the newest SUV, 2018 Porsche Cayenne are available. The Cayenne is Porsche’s best selling model and it is the car that allowed them to expand as a company and continue to allow them to built the rather limited production 911. However, because it has been on the market since 2010, the current model of the Cayenne is starting to lose sales against some of its newer competitors and even its 2015 update did not do much to improve this.
In order to change that and become once again the best selling sport-luxury crossover out there, the car will definitely get an update with the 2018 Porsche Cayenne which will not only use a new platform but also new engines, an improved drivetrain as well as a brand new look.
What’s new for 2017?
The platform on the other hand will be VW’s all new MLB Evo which now underpins all the longitudinally-front engined cars in their roster. This new platform should allow the 2018 Porsche Cayenne to lose as much as 400kg, meaning that it will easily become of the lightest in its class by a big margin.
Redesign – Inside and Outside look
This massive weight loss will not only mean that it will be more efficient and faster but it should allow Porsche’s engineers to install new more efficient engines as well as improve the Cayenne drives and feels. In terms of design, just like with most of their current cars, the new Cayenne will actually feel like an evolution of the current car rather than a new model and this is clearly obvious from the way the prototype model looks.
It seems that it features a new longer and flatter roof than before, a new front end with styling cues taken from the Panamera GT Concept car while at the back, it will most likely take a lot of the design cues found on the smaller Macan. The actual size of the car is still unknown at this point but considering its new platform, it should be similar or slightly larger than before.
Inside the cabin, the new Cayenne will definitely borrow a lot of the features and design cues that will be found on the new Panamera. This means that the dashboard will be less cluttered, it will offer a nicer driving position and the seats will be more supportive and comfortable than before. The materials will be just as good as they always were but thanks to the new platform, the new 2018 Porsche Cayenne will now feature more room, both on the front and rear seats. Also, the trunk is expected to increase by around 20% which should make it a nicer car to drive on a daily basis.
The Engine range & Specs
Engine wise, most of the current engines are likely going to be discontinued in the favor of smaller and more efficient units. The base model is likely going to ditch its current 3.6 liter naturally aspirated V6 in the favor of a smaller 2 liter turbocharged inline 4 unit that wills till provide up to 300 horsepower and more than 300 lb-ft of torque but that will use up to 20% less fuel. The S model on the other hand is expected to stick with its current 3.6 liter twin-turbocharged V6 with 420 horsepower while the hybrid will definitely get a small upgrade that will improve its all electric range.
The top of the range Turbo and Turbo S models on the other hand are expected to receive a new 4 liter twin-turbocharged V8 which will be able to develop up to 600 horsepower and 600 lb-ft of torque while the diesel versions of the car are still an unknown factor at this point. Four wheel drive will be standard and all engines should get an updated automatic gearbox.
2018 Porsche Cayenne Price
The release date is still unknown at this point and Porsche did not officially announced the new car for now. However, the new Cayenne has been spied testing as a camouflaged model a while ago and not as a development mule which is a surprise because it means that the new car will most likely be showcased by the end of this year or in the early 2017 and it should be ready for production by the mid of the same year.
The price will likely not change a bit, so expect the base model to start around $60,000 and go up from there depending on features and engines.