02/09/2017 UPDATE: Porsche Cayenne has been around for some time now, and for the most of its lifespan, it has been one of the most dominant performance suvs on the market. The time has taken its toll on the Cayenne, and current gen model is approaching the end of its predicted life cycle. This introduction may sound sad but don’t worry a successor has been spotted testing on more than one occasion in the past few months. Latest spy photos are showing 2018 Porsche Cayenne conducting winter tests. The exterior has lost most of its camouflage, and now we have somehow clear signs of just ow will this vehicle look.
The Cayenne will be out this year as 2018 model year, and at moments of its arrival, it will be improved regarding dynamics, fuel efficiency and most importantly in the performance segment. All of this changes are thanks to Volkswagen MLB Platform which is doing wonders for the models of VW Group. Before Porsche Cayenne 2018 this platform was successfully implemented onto 2017 Bentley Bentayga, 2018 Audi Q5 and will feature on VW Touareg and Lamborghini Urus.
By using this platform, new Cayenne will benefit from losing weight which will consequently improve its rigidity and handling. The platform is built on a combination of aluminum, high-strength steel and carbon fibers. Due to this mix Porsche’s SUV will be lighter by almost 220 pounds which were necessary because the current version of Cayenne weighs 4,500 lb.
2018 Porsche Cayenne Redesign
Regarding the design now is clear that 2018 Porsche Cayenne will borrow design cues from its siblings the Macan and Panamera. At the front, hood lines are going to be similar to the ones on Macan while the air intakes are going to be reminiscence ones on the Panamera. The roofline is going to have a drop from the front to the rear end. The space inside lost by this is going to be compensated by extending the wheelbase so more legroom would be created. Also, headlights and taillights on the test mule are tempered with to remind us of ones existing on the current model. Rest assured new Cayenne will be equipped with a whole new set of lights.
In the end, under the hood where it matters, 2018 Cayenne is going to have a colorful set of engines. For a base model, there will be naturally-aspirated V-6, for mid-range, you will have a turbocharged V-6 in Cayenne S, a plug-in hybrid for Cayenne E-Hybrid and a twin-turbocharged V-8 inside of 2018 Porsche Cayenne Turbo.
On the inside before official photos and information of new Cayenne come around for inspiration you can look at Panamera insides. The dashboard will be stripped of buttons thanks to improved touchscreen infotainment system. On the side of safety and tech, this SUV will have set of connectivity options and electronic drivers aids complementary with today’s standards and regulations.
The Cayenne is the car that saved Porsche and it is also the crossover that set the trend for luxury and high speed performance. Since it was originally released, it and its rivals evolved tremendously so there are now a lot more competitive cars in its class. The ongoing model is no longer the fastest crossover out there but it seems this is about to change with the 2018 Porsche Cayenne. So far there have been numerous sightings of the car, both in test mule form and in prototype form. In any case, it seems that the new model is slightly larger than before being a bit wider and a bit shorter in height. The length on the other hand seems to be right about the same.
Release date and price of 2018 Porsche Cayenne
The new Cayenne is going to use the same MLB Evo modular platform as the Bentayga and all the other VW-Group longitudinal engined cars. This platform is a lot more impressive than the previous one mainly because it adds a lot of new materials. It is built mainly out of aluminum with some high strength steel suspension components. Some cars can also benefit from composites which will allow to further drop the weight and make the cars a bit more rigid. The Cayenne will benefit from the best out there which means it might get to use some carbon fiber parts. The release date for the new car has been set for the mid of 2017 with a production version coming later the same year. Its price is unlikely going to change much from the current model. This means it will likely start around $60,000 and go up from there.
Exterior design of 2018 Cayenne
Like with most other cars from the German manufacturer, the 2018 Porsche Cayenne is not exactly going to change all that much. The development mules and prototypes do seem very similar to what is currently available. The proportions should be improved slightly thanks to the new size. The actual design of the car is expected to borrow cues from the new Panamera as well as from the Mission E concept. Expect it to boast new headlights, a slightly more aggressive grille and even a new rear end with an LED strip instead of the usual tail lights.
2018 Porsche Cayenne Interior
There will be a similar story here. So far Porsche proved that if the car is not broken, they won’t fix it. The new Cayenne will likely benefit from slightly better materials as well as a better driving position. Besides that though, it will be mostly identical to their other cars and the ongoing Cayenne. Some suggested that it will borrow some parts from the Panamera which would actually make quite a bit of sense considering that this also happened for the previous models.
Engine and transmission
Porsche has been set on downsizing their engines and they started with the 911 and Boxster. Well, the 2018 Porsche Cayenne should follow a similar route. The older 3.6 liter naturally aspirated V6 should be gone. In its place a smaller turbocharged four cylinder is likely. This should still offer around 300 horsepower but considerably more torque.
Further up the range, the S and GTS should both get to use a new 2.9 liter V6 with anything between 400 and 440 horsepower as well as more than 400 lb-ft of torque. The Turbo S, which has been missing from the US market lately, should get to use a 4 liter twin-turbo V8, an Audi-based powertrain. This should offer over 550 horsepower and 550 lb-ft of torque. In any case, all wheel drive is going to be standard across the range while an eight speed dual-clutch automatic will be the only option for a gearbox.