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.
The platform of new 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.
Inside the cabin
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.