A development mule for the upcoming 2018 Porsche Cayenne has been tested again, before a possible launch later this year. The latest photos show a Cayenne less disguised than before, with the new front and rear on show and displaying daytime running lights in the front bumper. Our sources believe that the next-generation model could get a fully electric drivetrain as planned by the E mission, but Porsche has so far remained tight on the possibility.
The new 2018 Porsche Cayenne looks more like a facelift rather than a new generation, but do not let the familiar design trick believe it’s going to be more of the same. To begin with, massive weight loss is expected as the large Stuttgart horse vehicle will switch to new sub-sets estimated to shave up to 220 pounds (100 kilograms). This will obviously pay dividends in terms of performance to put the “S” in “SUV” and should also reduce fuel consumption and emissions.
Read More: 2017 Porsche Cayenne GTSPorsche has produced a new range of turbocharged engines for its latest 911 range and our sources suggest that much of this technological development will be transferred into the large SUV. Its sister car, the Audi Q7, has recently won smaller and more efficient engines on its range, which gives an indication of what could feature in the 2018 Cayenne.
The car was previously captured video test at the Nürburgring dressed in the current generation Cayenne bodywork. Beneath the familiar exterior in the video, there are new foundations because this mule is used to test the chassis components and parameters. The previous development cars were spotted running inside the Arctic Circle as part of cold weather testing. Although the mules have all been dressed in current generating Cayenne bodies, the next generation’s finished model should win a more aggressive front-end treatment and smoother tail lights, as seen on Porsche Macan’s ” Audi Q5-based.
Expect the third generation 2018 Porsche Cayenne to be unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, although an online introduction might occur a few weeks earlier. Meanwhile, production-ready Lamborghini Urus use roughly the same foundations will be introduced in the coming months, while the aforementioned Touareg is also pinned for a launch in late 2017.