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!
More energetic and more frugal, roomier inside and overall lighter in weight, leading the future of innovation and sporty, sophisticated design - the all-new Cayenne is more Porsche than before.
Starting with the Cayenne S Hybrid, the first Porsche production car with hybrid drive, the new era of models leads the way when talking about modern economy, with a lessening in fuel use by almost 23 per cent when compared to prior models.
Like all Porsches, the all-new Cayenne has been conceived based on the Porsche Intelligent Performance principle: with more capability on less fuel, better efficiency, and reduced CO2 emissions.
With this, three out of five of the models in this range stay under the limit of ten litres per 100 km fuel use of the New European Driving Cycle. Two of the models, the Cayenne Diesel at 195 g/km and the Cayenne S Hybrid at 193 g/km, also stay under the 200 g of CO2 per km emission limit.
This major reduction in fuel use in the full range of Cayenne models came, among many factors, from the debut of Porsche's new 8-speed Tiptronic S automatic transmission with Auto Start-Stop and with a wider range of gear increments, the engine and transmission cooling circuit thermal management, on-board network recuperation, variable overrun cut-off, and, not least of all, consistent weight reduction and smart, light construction.