Porsche have finally showed the world what the 2018 Cayenne would look like ahead of its global debut at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show in September. It is available for order in Germany and has prices starting at €74,828 (Rs. 57.04 lakh). The design language is rather evolutionary as we informed before as the front end features new LED headlamps and bigger air intakes.

Porsche says the Cayenne has lowered roofline for more athletic stance and there is a larger set of new alloy wheels and revised taillights as the Panamera Sport Turismo. More the exterior, the interior has seen several modifications including a 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system with internet connectivity, a new centre console with analogue and digital controls, three-spoke multi-functional steering wheel, new instrument cluster with analogue tacho and two seven-inch displays on its both sides, Bose and Burmester audio, etc. The bootspace can hold up to 770 litres.

As for the powertrain, the global luxury SUV comes with a 3.0-litre turbo V6 engine which is good enough to produce a maximum power output of 340 PS and 450 Nm torque. It is mated to a new eight-speed automatic transmission sending power to all four wheels. The 2018 Porsche Cayenne is rated to go from zero to 100 kmph in just 5.9 seconds with the optional Sport Chrono Package on.

The Cayenne S gets a 2.9-litre twin-turbo V6 pushing out 440 PS and 550 Nm peak torque. It shaves a second from the above model courtesy of 100 more horsepower from 0-100 kmph. It is claimed to have a top speed of 265 kmph. The German manufacturer used extensive aluminium while building the new Cayenne, thus it weighs 65 kilos lighter than the outgoing model.

t tips the weighing scale at nearly 2 tonnes and gains a new Porsche Surface Coated Brakes with cast-iron disc and special tungsten-carbide coating for additional stopping power and reduction in friction. The significant driver assistance systems made available are include Night Vision Assist, Lane Change Assist, Lane Keeping Assist, adaptive cruise control and Traffic Jam Assist.

Down the line, Porsche is reported to introduce a number of plug-in hybrid variants derived from the V6 and V8 engines and they will have different capabilities. For example, the V8 plug-in hybrid model will be based on the E-Hybrid system of the Panamera Turbo S and is expected to produce a maximum power output of 700 horsepower.

According to reports, the Cayenne diesel enthusiasts will have their patience checked for sometime as the German automaker won’t be making any announcements regarding the powertrain until the saga behind the Dieselgate settles down. VW Group has been making a number of cost-cutting measures to compensate for the penalties and buyback losses endured due to the emission cheating scandal.

As Porsche has good demands for the diesel variants, it is unlikely that the brand would decide to shelve it in Europe or other places. We can expect the new Cayenne to arrive next year in India. Currently, it is sold in seven variants with prices ranging from Rs. 96.3 lakh for the base diesel to Rs. 1.65 crore (ex-showroom prices) for the range-topping Turbo.

There are two petrol and as many diesel engines on offer. The 3-litre V6 diesel engine makes 245 bhp and 550 Nm of torque with 0 to 100 kmph time of 7.6 seconds and 218 kmph top speed while the bigger 4.2-litre V8 diesel produces 385 bhp and 850 Nm of torque. The 3.6-litre V6 bi-turbo petrol mill, on the other hand, develops 420 bhp and 550 Nm of torque, mated to a standard eight-speed Tiptronic S transmission helping 0-100 kmph in just 5.5 seconds. The top-of-the-line Cayenne Turbo gets a 4.8-litre twin-turbo V8 engine making 520 bhp and 750 Nm of torque.


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