Porsche released the 3rd generation of the Cayenne a short while ago and so far it looks mighty impressive. The model will go on sale as the 2019 Porsche Cayenne and even though Porsche didn’t release all of its versions, things are going to change soon enough. Just like the rumors said, the new Cayenne is an all-new car and not a re-skin like so many said. This means the new model is lighter, better to drive, more efficient and safer too. All of this has been achieved thanks to the car’s all-new platform. The car is based on VW’s MLB Evo architecture which also underpins the Q5 or the Bentayga. This is actually somewhat of a surprise. Some suggested the car would use Porsche’s MSB platform but it looks like this isn’t the case.
The big change over its predecessor is its weight. The new car is now with up to 250 pounds lighter than before. On top of that, the platform gives the car a lower center of gravity and a far stiffer structure.
Thanks to that the Cayenne not only feels better to drive but it is also considerably faster than before. This is mostly thanks to the fact there is nearly no body roll through the corners. Also, just like before, the Cayenne features the same wheelbase as the Q5. However, the suspension system is completely different.
The Porsche gets adjustable shocks as standard while the higher end models get air-ride. This not only improves the ride quality but it also makes the car more capable on and off the road.
Engine and Specs
It might come as a surprise but the 2019 Porsche Cayenne features fewer engines than its predecessor. The 3.6 liter naturally aspirated V6, the twin-turbo version of the same engine, the 3.0 liter hybrid or even the 4.8 liter turbo V8 are all gone. Porsche released the new car with just two engine choices.
The regular model now gets a 3.0 liter V6 which is smaller than before. However, this features a turbocharger, so it now provides 340 horsepower and 330 lb-ft of torque, a 40 horsepower and 30 lb-ft bump over its predecessor. The Cayenne S on the other hand now features an even smaller 2.9 liter V6 engine.
|2018 Porsche Cayenne AWD||Specs|
|Engine||Premium Unleaded V-6|
|Transmission||8-Speed Tiptronic S Automatic|
With the help of two turbochargers this can achieve 430 horsepower and 410 lb-ft of torque, quite a bit more than before. Both of these send all the power to all four wheels via an 8 speed automatic. Unfortunately this is not Porsche’s great dual-clutch unit but a ZF gearbox.
Hybrid – 2019 Porsche Cayenne
In the near future Porsche will release at least two more models. The Cayenne Turbo will hit the market with a new 4.0 liter twin-turbo V8.
This should be good for anything between 450 and all the way up to 600 horsepower. The hybrid version of the car will also come in two flavors.
There will be the V6 hybrid which will offer around 400 horsepower. The more impressive one will be the V8 hybrid which should make as much as 700 horsepower.
2019 Porsche Cayenne Redesign
Even though it might be all new, the 2019 Porsche Cayenne looks very familiar. This is because the car follows an evolutionary design path which so far worked quite well.
In the front there is a new set of grilles, new quad-LED clusters headlights and a far more aggressive bumper.
The rear of the car on the other hand takes design cues from the 911. The car-wide LED tail lights, the large roof-spoiler and even the bumper all make us think about the 911.
Unsurprisingly enough, the 2019 Porsche Cayenne is not that different from the new Panamera. Just like the sedan, the crossover features Porsche’s all new 12.4 inch wide-screen infotainment system. Just under this they installed the AC vents as well as a few touch-based buttons around the gear selector.
The end result is a really clean design which certainly manages to impress. The dashboard features the same 5 round dials as before but two of these are actually LCD screens.
There is more available room than before and the materials definitely feel better. Unfortunately the design might feel a bit too underwhelming for some. However, minimalism has been on a roll recently so things will not change anytime soon.
Release and Price
When can we expect the new 2019 Cayenne on the market? According to the latest information, at the end of 2018. Cayenne is available in several versions as a base, Cayenne S, Cayenne GTS, Cayenne S E-Hybrid, Turbo and Turbo S. Depending on the model, the price changes, ranging from $60,000 to an incredible $200,000.
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