Porsche shows off 2019 Cayenne ahead of Frankfurt

Porsche shows off 2019 Cayenne ahead of Frankfurt

Porsche shows off 2019 Cayenne ahead of Frankfurt

The third-generation Cayenne has officially been revealed by the Stuttgart-based automaker at the Porsche Museum in Zuffenhausen. Under the hood of the top of the range is a 550 horsepower, 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8.

The Cayenne S uses the 2.9-litre twin-turbo V6 shared with Audi and "not fitted, oh no" to the RS5.

At its fastest with its optional Sport Chrono performance upgrade package, the Cayenne S will sprint from zero to 60 miles per hour in just 4.6 seconds before crossing the quarter-mile mark in 13.2 ticks. This new model is armed with new powerful turbo engines, an eight-speed Tiptronic S gearbox, new chassis and advanced display and control unit on the inside.

Now sitting on the MLB Platform - just like the Bentley Bentayga nd new Audi Q7 - the new Cayenne is slightly longer and wider than the outgoing model, and it's a bit lower too making the Cayenne look more dynamic.

Inside, the 2019 Cayenne ought to look awfully familiar to anyone who's spent time behind the wheel of the latest Panamera.

To further improve that performance, the 2019 Cayenne weighs 143 pounds fewer than the equivalent 2017 model, according to Porsche, thanks to liberal use of aluminum in the exterior panels and body structure.

"We had a great challenge for our design team to find the right balance between the new digital world and traditional analog world", said interior designer Ivo von Hulten. Anyone traversing rough Toronto roads, for example, would benefit from this optional system, which can be tuned on-the-fly to tighten up for curvy roads or a track day.

One thing that will make the new SUV "more athletic" is its 48-volt electrical system, which promises quicker reactions from the electric power steering, rear steering and Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control. Among the list includes a fancy air suspension, electrically-controlled anti-roll bars and the badass Sport Chrono Pakage that shaves about 0.4 seconds off the Cayenne's zero to 60 miles per hour time.

Porsche shows off 2019 Cayenne ahead of Frankfurt
Porsche shows off 2019 Cayenne ahead of Frankfurt

As for its handling, the all-new Cayenne is now available with rear-wheel steering. With it, Porsche claimed that the unique finish increases friction while reducing wear and brake dust.

Optional features include new hi-tech "Porsche Surface Coated Brakes", which comprise cast-iron brake discs with super-tough tungsten-carbide coatings.

Nobody likes being upstaged by a younger sibling, but that has been the fate of the Porsche Cayenne SUV ever since the smaller and better-looking Macan was introduced in 2014. The Porsche Carbon Ceramic Brakes (PCCB) remain the top system available.

As for exterior styling, it is not radically different from the first two Cayennes. This newly developed engine delivers 440bhp and 550Nm which is 20bhp more than its predecessor. The headlights are now LED matrix beams that automatically adjust to avoid blinding oncoming drivers.

A new Off-road Precision App, built especially for the Cayenne, allows drivers to improve their off-road performance with video and other data recordings.

It also features a large tailgate, low loading edge, ample luggage compartment space, and a "four + one" seating concept.

The Cayenne is built on the same Major League Baseball platform as the Audi Q7 and Bentley Bentayga, and it's expected to spawn other model variants, including a hybrid model and the range-topping Cayenne Turbo, but the German vehicle maker is yet to announce any diesel variants.

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