Despite the fact the current generation of the Cayenne went on sale back in 2010, its mechanical part didn’t change all that much since the original. Luckily though, this is not going to be the case with the upcoming 2018 Porsche Cayenne. Like its predecessor, the car will share its platform with the Q7 but this time around the differences will be slightly bigger. For starters, the car will get to use an adaptive suspension system across the range. Also, it seems that Porsche is expecting weight savings of as much as 300 to 400 pounds across the model range. This should allow the new Cayenne to drop under 4,000 pounds for certain models which would be very impressive.
2018 Porsche Cayenne – In detail
Thanks to the much lighter overall construction, the new model might receive a much smaller engine but more on that later. This has been rumored for a while now and it would make quite a bit of sense, especially for the European market. On top of that, thanks to the mostly aluminum and high strength steel construction, the car will be more rigid and safer in the eventuality of a crash. The dimensions are still an unknown factor at this point. However, from most test mules it seems that the wheelbase will change slightly and that the car will be wider. The release date is still at least a year away which should give Porsche enough time to polish the design of the car. Its price will likely vary greatly from $60,000 all the way up to more than $140,000 for a top end model.
The design of new Cayenne
The current Cayenne looks like a more modern version of the original which is not a bad thing. However, it seems that the 2018 Porsche Cayenne will change tremendously. For starters, in the front the car is expected to take a lot more from the Panamera than before. The new four-cluster LED headlights, the highly aggressive profile or the rather large intake in the front are all expected to be seen on the new Cayenne. Also, the back of the SUV will more than likely borrow from the smaller Macan. This has been rumored for a while and so far it seems that it will more than likely be true.
Inside the cabin of 2018 Porsche Cayenne
Even though the previous model of the car was a bit more different than their other models, this should not be the case with the upcoming car. For starters, the 2018 Porsche Cayenne will likely get the new minimalist design Porsche is using in most of their cars. The dashboard will likely use the massive center screen found in the Panamera but with a different center console. The instrument cluster, steering wheel and some other parts will likely be used on the SUV as well. The seating position will still be quite low despite the Cayenne being a much larger vehicle than the Panamera. This has also been the case with the ongoing model which is quite a unique case in its class.
Under the hood of 2018 Cayenne Porsche
So far it seems that the 2018 Cayenne may receive a 2 or 2.5 liter turbocharged engine in the base trim level. This might offer around 300 horsepower and it has been rumored for a while. The S and GTS are both going to make use of a new 2.9 liter twin-turbocharged V6 which is known to make 440 horsepower and 405 lb-ft of torque in the sedan.
The top of the line model will likely get rid of the large 4.8 liter V8. In its place we should see the new 4 liter twin-turbo V8 from the Panamera which is capable of more than 550 horsepower and 567 lb-ft of torque. All models will use a new 8 speed dual-clutch automatic and all of them will come with all wheel drive.