The third generation of 2019 Porsche Cayenne is here, and it may be the most important launch of the brand for a long time. The king of the suburbs of Porsche is the sport utility vehicle par excellence with a capital Sport and the model that can be credited to fortify the bottom line of the company enough to allow him to continue to build the sports cars that we really aspire.
In terms of design, there are enough changes to make the new car recognizable from its predecessor but just right. In the profile, the car feels longer, which is accentuated with more of a sloping back and contrasting with a blunt front end. The new wheel arches can accommodate larger wheels more easily and look more appealing. Around the front, the grille is slightly enlarged, creating a more formidable face. The redesigned headlights give the 2019 Porsche Cayenne a cleaner and more modern look. The dome pronounced in the hood still makes an appearance, but feels sharper than on the outgoing car. The back probably gets the biggest revision. Where before Cayennes smelled bulbous and bland, the new rear end links well with the rest of the Porsche team in its complexity and design quality. The name of Porsche is now behind a strip of glass that covers the width of the car, accentuating its wider position. The new rear lights cover the full width and now seem to be part of the overall design effort rather than glued on the assembly line. Having spent a few hours driving directly behind one of the new Cayennes, while driving myself, it was definitely the rear that struck me as the culmination of the design.
We also love the new dashboard, which is inspired by that of the Panamera and shares many components with its luxury sedan. There is a central tachometer with TFT displays left and right, and the infotainment system is primarily controlled by a 12.3-inch touch screen at the top of the center console. The console itself combines physical buttons with touch controls; It is a futuristic look that manages to reproduce the analog configuration of the previous model while offering additional potential for individualization.
It all starts in the engine compartment, and the addition of the capitalized word Turbo still means something important to Stuttgart, even though almost everything Porsche is building these days has at least one turbo (charger). The 2019 Porsche Cayenne Turbo engine by a 2.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V8 producing 550 horsepower and 567 lb-ft of torque. That’s less than the Trackhawk’s 707 horsepower but 30 horsepower and 14 lb-ft of torque on the current Turbo and only 20 horsepower less than the 2018 Turbo S. Utilizing the same eight-speed automatic transmission and standard all-wheel drive, the new Cayenne Turbo can sprint from zero to 100 km / h in breathtaking 3.9 seconds, says Porsche, and has a top speed of 177 mph. The optional Sport Chrono package is expected to reduce time from 0 to 60 mph to 3.7 seconds, one-tenth more than Porsche’s claim for the 2018 Turbo S model. (And, yes, a new one, presumably even more Turbo S candy will be released soon.) As with all new Cayennes, the Turbo rolls on the shorter version of Audi’s MLB Evo platform.
The 2019 Cayenne will reach dealers in the United States by mid-2018, with the base model starting at $ 66,750 and the Cayenne S ordering $ 83,950. In the meantime, discover our prototype reader for first-hand impressions at the wheel of pre-production units.