It’s only days before Porsche finally and officially reveals the latest generation of its Porsche Cayenne sports utility vehicle, and yet the German sports car maker is still teasing the upcoming offering through a number of images and a video.
The recently released sketched images essentially show the elegantly sporty silhouette of the third generation of the Porsche Cayenne. The images basically reveal a low-profile yet sleek front section, thereby making the Cayenne visually connected to its sports car siblings. In addition, the images reveal a sportier rear end. Here, the Cayenne features a raked rear window as well as slender taillights, which have recently been found on other new vehicles like the Panamera and Macan.
On the other hand, the teaser video released alongside the sketched images show a walkthrough at the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen, Germany. The teaser video basically tells that the Cayenne, even though an SUV, is an offshoot of Porsche rich history. Then, the teaser goes by highlighting Porsche’s significant production vehicles as well as race cars. The last of these vehicles is the Cayenne, which is covered in dirt. The teaser video ends by announcing the world premiere of the third generation of the Cayenne, which is set on 9 pm (CEST), August 29, 2017. The world premiere of the new-gen Porsche Cayenne will be streamed live straight from the Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen site and in front of the international media.
The new teaser images and video arrived days after Porsche revealed the tests that the Cayenne underwent just to make sure it is the SUV that customers expect. According to Porsche, the new Cayenne – including pre-production models and prototypes -- went through 4.4 million kilometers (2.7 million miles) of test drives in various weather conditions, in which temperature ranged from -45 to 50 degrees Celsius (-49 to 122 Fahrenheit). Likewise, Cayenne prototypes also underwent virtual simulations and real-world testing.
Initially, the 2018 Cayenne was given a codename “E3” and was brought to several countries like Alaska, Death Valley, Dubai, Sweden, Finland, New Zealand, Japan, South America and other places for various testing. Aside from tests on country roads, the Cayenne was test-driven on several tracks like Italy’s high-speed Nardo circuit, the Hockenheimring in Germany, and the Nordschleife.
Expected to be much lighter than its predecessor, the new Cayenne is underpinned by the MLB platform that also underpins the Audi Q7, Bentley Bentayga and the VW Touareg. Its power level is expected to be around 700 horsepower.
Porsche is expected to commence sales of the new Cayenne in Europe before the end of 2017, and in the United States in the first half of 2018.