The 2018 Porsche Cayenne made an appearance sooner than we expected to see it. This is because photos of the SUV have been leaked online by AutoExpress. The leaked images show both the interior and the exterior of the SUV, and you can clearly tell that the design has been updated from its predecessor, as seen on spy shots and teasers before it.
The front part of the 2018 Cayenne does not get a major facelift, but the center grille has been made larger instead and are surrounded by two smaller vents on both sides. The side profile, on the other hand, still looks the same from sketches we have seen before. But this time, the SUV will be riding on a new set of wheels.
What sets the 2018 Cayenne apart from its predecessor is that the rear that has been completely upgraded, now with a sleek light bar like the Panamera that replaces the bulky tail lights from the outgoing model. It seems to be following other Porsche models like the 911 and the Macan. It also gets a more pronounced rear spoiler that looks good. What remains from the outgoing model is the rectangular exhaust tips of the lower-level trim, while the higher trims should get a quad exhaust setup.
Unlike the Macan, this model does not come with a clamshell hood, and is more like a slight evolution of the 2017 model year. Overall, it looks more conservative than other models in the lineup.
The 2018 Cayenne’s cabin will remind you of the latest Panamera sedan, with plenty of its controls being touch-based. It will be given an upgraded center console and infotainment system too. This means a larger central screen and overall a simpler layout, plus a number of new digital readings. The leaked photo shows the SUV dressed in a beige leather interior with black leather accents.
Similar to the Audi Q7 and the upcoming VW Touareg, the new Cayenne will be riding on the same MLB Evo platform. For the engine options, customers could choose from gasoline and engine options. However, only the V6 and V8 turbo engines will be available when the car is first launched, and there will be a delay with the diesel options due to the ongoing Dieselgate issues. Sources say that a plug-in hybrid may be on its way too. The 2018 model will make its official debut on Tuesday, August 29, 2017 at 9pm.
We’ve heard reports from other sources saying that we can expect a 3.0 liter turbo V6 that generates 330 horsepower and a twin-turbo 2.9 liter V6 that yields 440 horsepower.