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The Cayenne was once controversial. But with fully 760,000 examples sold since its introduction in 2002, it's now hard to imagine the modern Porsche family without this full-sized SUV. Welcome, therefore, to the third-generation and all-new Cayenne. The latest model is lighter, faster, more efficient, more spacious and generally more advanced. A better car in every quantifiable way, then.
What's more, Porsche's head honcho Oliver Blume reckons the new Cayenne borrows more from the iconic 911 model than ever before. The major revisions and additions with the new Cayenne start a switch to a new high-voltage 48V electrical system. That enables a whole raft of new technologies, from massively updated hybrid powertrain systems to more advanced chassis control technology. What's more, it sits on an entirely new platform, known internally at VW parent company as MLB. It's the same core architecture used in multiple VW Group SUVS, including the latest Audi Q7, the Bentley Bentayga, the upcoming new VW Touareg and indeed the yet-to-be launched Lamborghini Urus.
Overall, the new platform has allowed Porsche to shave around 65kg off the Cayenne's kerb weight despite being slightly larger overall than the outgoing second-gen model and offering increased equipment and power levels. The new model is 63mm longer than before at 4918mm, though overall height has reduced a whisker at 1694mm.
As for engines, at launch Porsche is limiting the offering to a pair of petrol models based on the new turbo V6 motor first seen in the Panamera and also used extensively throughout the VW Group. The base petrol Cayenne offers 335bhp and 332lb ft, and thus around 40bhp more than the old 3.6-litre naturally aspirated V6. The Cayenne S runs a more powerful turbo V6 cranking out 434bhp and 405lb ft. Porsche is claiming a zero to 62mph sprint in 5.2 seconds and a top speed of 165mph for the Cayenne S.
Over the coming months, Porsche will
wheel out a slew of even more powerful models including a pair of plug-in hybrids with similar petrol-electric powertrains to the 455bhp Panamera E-hybrid and 666bhp Panamera Turbo S E-hybrid. There will also be a monster Cayenne Turbo packing a twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 and a power output in the neighbourhood of 550hp.
But what of diesel models, you ask, currently the biggest sellers in the UK? What with the VW Dieselgate scandal and regulatory issues in the German market, Porsche has yet to unveil any dieselpowered variants, but they will likely arrive within the next six months.
Inside, the all-new cabin offers shades of the latest Panamera interior but with a more rugged, practical ambience. It also shares the same stunning 12.3-inch central touchscreen and Porsche Advanced Cockpit infotainment interface as the Panamera and, likewise, the slick centre console control panel with capacity touch controls. Luggage space has increased by around 100 litres to fully 770 litres, too.
Further highlights include a switch from hydraulic to electrical control for the Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) roll stabilisation system and a world-first introduction of tungsten-carbide coated iron brake discs, known as Porsche Surface Coated Brake (PSCB) and signified by white brake calipers, they improve braking performance but reduce wear and dust. Porsche's PCCB ceramic brakes remain the top brake option. Prices for the new Cayenne start at £55,965 and the order books are open now.
The new thirdgeneration Cayenne is bigger yet lighter than the outgoing model. Launch models are all petrol V6, either N/A or turbocharged. V8s and V8 Hybrids will follow topping out with a 550bhp Cayenne Turbo S. There will be diesels, too, but less in the way of fanfair