The next-generation Cayenne has been spied testing on several occasions thus far. Apart from a number of subtle exterior changes, Porsche’s SUV will get more substantial improvements under the skin. The most notable one will certainly be the Cayenne’s new underpinnings that will make it much later than before. The interior will also undergo a thorough makeover that’s due to bring a cleaner and more modern design. Official confirmation of the 2018 Porsche Cayenne release date has yet to come. However, we expect it to go on sale sometime in the latter part of 2017.
2018 Porsche Cayenne Design
The 2018 Porsche Cayenne will ride on VW’s new MLB platform that already underpins the Audi Q7 and Bentley Bentayga. That should enable it to shed a considerable amount of curb weight. Now, the most recent batch of spy images allow us to make out the all-new Cayenne’s general shape. In terms of size and proportions, it won’t stray far from its predecessor. While most of the visual changes will be evolutionary, the light clusters seem to have received more noticeable alterations. The third-gen Cayenne’s styling will be generally influenced by the smaller Macan SUV and the Panamera Sport Turismo concept. We expect it to borrow some of the concept’s features such as C-shaped fender vents or front air intakes.
When it comes to interior, expect a less cluttered cabin with new materials and a cleaner design. Thanks to an improved touchscreen interface similar to the one in the new Panamera, there will be very few physical buttons. The central part of the dashboard will be dominated by a widescreen high-resolution capacitive display. Expect also the 2018 Porsche Cayenne to bring an enhanced infotainment system and connectivity features. On top of that, Porsche will give it some of the latest driver assist systems complete with semi-autonomous functions.
2018 Porsche Cayenne Engine Department
As for the engine range, expect the 2018 Porsche Cayenne to mimic the outgoing generation. The only exception is that the current diesel unit probably won’t make it to the U.S. market. Anyway, the base model should get a naturally-aspirated V6, while the Cayenne S could use a turbocharged inline-six. The range-topping Cayenne Turbo will likely be motivated by a twin-turbocharged V8. Finally, the 2018 Cayenne S E-Hybrid is expected to use a gas-electric system similar to the current one.
Porsche Cayenne EV is set to arrive by 2020. Porsche engineers work to bring Mision E project on the market. All the requirements for 2020 Porsche Cayenne EV are present.
Due to Volkswagen Group’s recent diesel emissions scandal, it’s still not clear whether the Cayenne Diesel will go on sale in North America. But even if it doesn’t, Porsche’s SUV will still represent one of the most competitive models in its class. Once it hits the market, the 2018 Porsche Cayenne will rival the likes of BMW X5 and Mercedes-Benz GLS.