When you think of buying a luxury crossover SUV, Porsche Cayenne is a name that will pop up in your mind! The German carmaker introduced the first model in 2002, and since then it was a success run for the model. The second generation Cayenne was unveiled in 2010 and in 2014 the company unveiled diesel and hybrid models. A number of changes were incorporated in the 2015 model, both in and outside. The 2018 Cayenne is being tested and readied for release. The 2018 model will also have several new features and the platform on which it is based on is the MLB SUV. This platform has been used in number of luxury SUVs including the 2017 Bentley Bentayga and 2017 Audi Q7.
2018 Porsche Cayenne – Exterior Expectations and Luxurious Interior Design
The headlamps at the front of the 2018 Porsche Cayenne has been redesigned. The grill has also been redesigned and it may be bigger. Even the hood may be slightly changed. The body lines running by the side of the Porsche Cayenne 2018 appear more aggressive now. At the back, tail lights will be changed a bit. The dual exhaust outlets however will remain the same. The roof is likely to be flatter and longer. Owing to usage of high-strength steel, carbon fiber and aluminum the vehicle will weigh 220 pounds less than the earlier version. The styling has traces of Porsche’s own Panamera Sport Turismo concept and Macan SUV.
The interior of the 2018 Porsche Cayenne is also likely to undergo some changes. The physical buttons will be fewer in number and they will be replaced by more touch based controls. Besides, the instrument cluster layout and infotainment screen can be larger. When you buy a midsized luxury crossover, you would not like to compromise on amenities and infotainment for sure. The 2018 Porsche Cayenne comes loaded with all amenities and entertainment features one can think of. The base version and Diesel model gets features like power tailgate, Bluetooth, reclining and sliding rear seats, HD and satellite radio, dual-zone climate control and 2 USB ports. Upgrading to the S trim gets you features like sunroof, rear parking sensors and power-adjustable steering wheel. In the Cayenne S E-Hybrid, users get access to smart phone app connectivity, selectable sport exhaust, LED fog lights along with energy management system. Moving to the Cayenne GTS trim model gets you features like power front seats, simulated suede upholstery, high-performance brakes, 20” wheels. The range topping Cayenne Turbo S comes equipped with carbon-ceramic brakes, carbon fiber interior trim, Dynamic Chassis Control of Porsche and dash-mounted timer. The safety features are also adequate.
2018 Porsche Cayenne – Powerful Engine and Performance
It is likely that the 2018 Porsche Cayenne will be made available in a number of drive trains. There can be hybrid and a diesel version along with gasoline based ones. The existing gasoline model has a 3.6 liters V6 engine that generates 300 hp. The rated top speed is 142 mph and the vehicle takes 7.3 seconds to reach 60 mph from zero. Then there is the Cayenne S which has a powerful V6 variant that generates 420 hp. The Cayenne GTS has an engine that makes 440 hp. Move to the Cayenne Turbo and you get a beefy 4.8 liters V8 engine making 520 hp. In Cayenne S E-Hybrid there is a supercharged V6 3.0 liters engine and an electric motor which makes 416 hp. The Cayenne Diesel has a 3.0 liters engine producing 240 hp.
2018 Porsche Cayenne – Expected MSRP and Availability
The exact release date of the 2018 Porsche Cayenne is not known. It may be released either in last part of 2017 or in 2018. Considering the car will be built on a new platform, the price can go up a little. The 2018 version may start at $60000 and top end Turbo S may be priced close to $160,000. The 2018 Porsche Cayenne comes across as an interesting proposition in its segment. The new platform is a big reason to opt for the car. It now sports a lightweight body. The enhancements on exterior and amenities inside will satisfy most buyers. However, the crossover SUV will still face some competition. The rivals of the 2018 Porsche Cayenne include BMW X5, Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class and Audi X7. If Porsche keeps the pricing right, the Cayenne can cannibalize the competition though.