It seems that the BMW X6 and the upcoming Mercedes-Benz MLC will get a new rival, this time from Porsche as the German manufacturer is planning to extend its SUV lineup with a coupe-styled version of the Cayenne. Set to arrive somewhere in 2018, the new SUV will receive a new version of VW Group’s MLB platform that is being engineered by Audi.
Moreover, the new vehicle will get a new styling that will be introduced by the third-generation Cayenne that will arrive in 2017. Just like the Cayenne, the new SUV will be build at the Leipzig plant. Insiders told Autocar that the coupe-styled Cayenne will be inspired by the 918 Spyder and will adopt a sleeker roofline as well as a sloping rear end in order to be differentiated by the regular Cayenne.
The interior will be shared with the third-generation Cayenne and its design will be influenced by the 918 Spyder. Under the hood, we expect to see the popular 3.0-liter petrol V6 but also the 3.0-liter diesel engine. Just like the Cayenne, the new coupe will get the GTS and Turbo versions, powered by a twin-turbocharged V8 engine that will deliver more than 550 hp on the Turbo variant.
Due to the fact that this vehicle wants to be sportier than the Cayenne, it will have a lower ride height as well as a lower centre of gravity, which means better handling. According to a senior Porsche official, the German carmaker has been considering launching a sportier Cayenne for some time, but the only problem was that the production capacity at its Leipzig plant influenced by the strong sales of the Cayenne.
As Porsche will invest more in the Leipzig factory when the third-generation Cayenne will arrive, the coupe version of the Cayenne appears to have a green light for production. More details to be revealed!