The Macan could also be Porsche’s best-selling automobile, but it surely owes all of its success to the Cayenne. When the SUV started manufacturing in 2002, all of us scoffed and claimed it could by no means work. However the automobile’s success has had us feasting on crow for the final 15 years.
About to enter its third era, the Cayenne doesn’t seem to have modified a lot at a look. Appearances are sometimes misleading, nevertheless, and this is able to be a chief instance of the phenomenon. For 2019, the SUV comes geared up with new engines, new brakes, a brand new transmission, and gobs of added tech.
Visually, Porsche says the “the brand new Cayenne retains a robust visible connection to its predecessors.” If that’s code for saying it seems to be almost equivalent to the earlier mannequin and, by extension, all fashionable Porsches, then it wasn’t very troublesome to decrypt. However the German automaker is aware of it has an extremely well-established design language. It’s not about to shake issues up for the sake of being completely different.
The one apparent distinction is the broader grille, which now seems as a extra singular piece. There’s nonetheless three separate air dams, however the slats are positioned in a method that makes them look contiguous. Porsche can also be outfitting the Cayenne with extra lighting choices and makes in depth use of LEDs.
Retaining the identical wheelbase as its predecessor, the brand new mannequin manages to squeeze 15-percent extra cargo capability behind its rear seats with out sacrificing the acquainted form. Nonetheless, that provides roughly Three inches to the Cayenne’s general size for a complete of 194 inches.
Regardless of the rise in size, the Cayenne hasn’t gained any weight. Relying on the configuration, it may be as a lot as 143 kilos lighter than its outgoing counterpart. Weight distribution for the bottom mannequin is roughly 55 % entrance and 45 % rear.
There’s extra excellent news from beneath the hood. Porsche has furnished the 2019 mannequin yr Cayenne together with your alternative of two turbocharged V6 engines. The bottom unit is a Three.Zero-liter single-turbo mill with 340 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque, whereas the Cayenne S gives a 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 with 440 horsepower and 406 lb-ft.
Based on Porsche, the bottom mannequin ought to attain 60 mph in 5.9 seconds, or 5.6 with the Sport Chrono bundle. For the Cayenne S that quantity drops to four.9 seconds and four.6 seconds with Sport Chrono. From a efficiency perspective, that’s nearly as good and higher than the automaker’s present GTS-trimmed SUV.
All new Cayennes will come commonplace with an up to date eight-speed Tiptronic transmission with faster response instances in decrease gears. Porsche’s Traction Administration all-wheel drive system additionally comes as commonplace and gives 5 traction settings, together with 4 for “gentle off-road terrain.”
The Cayenne may also have 911-inspired staggered wheel sizes. Though, why Porsche would hassle on a front-engined SUV with off-road capabilities is unclear. Porsche did say the mannequin was “designed to be the sports activities automotive inside its phase.” But it surely additionally may simply come all the way down to how good it seems to be.
Suspension tech stays a reduce above with facets borrowed from the Panamera. Lively suspension damping is commonplace, with non-compulsory three-chamber air suspension, lively stabilizer bars, and rear wheel steering through Porsche’s dynamic chassis management bundle.
Additionally enhancing efficiency is a novel braking know-how that Porsche claims is first on the earth. Accessible solely as an choice, these high-performance “Floor Coated Brakes” encompass a cast-iron disc with 70 micrometers of tungsten-carbide coating. The result’s a mirror-like end and superior efficiency with much less put on and an extended lifespan.
Contained in the cabin, the Cayenne borrows from the Panamera once more with its new 12.Three-inch touchscreen and black-glass capacitive management surfaces. The interface’s format and group will be personalized, saving as much as six particular person profiles that recall cabin consolation setting, driving mode preferences, help applied sciences, and audio settings.
Driving help and security upgrades are respectable, together with an non-compulsory thermal night time imaginative and prescient system, lane change help, lane protecting, visitors signal recognition, parking help with encompass view, and InnoDrive adaptive cruise with visitors jam crawling.
The 2019 Cayenne launches with a base value of $65,700, whereas S fashions begin at $82,900. Nonetheless, after an further $1,050 vacation spot cost and a laundry checklist of non-compulsory extras, you’ll quickly be paying 1000’s extra than you initially meant. Fortuitously, you might have till the summer season of 2018 to save up.