Marcus De Guzman / Porsche | August 30, 2017 12:49
New-generation Porsche Cayenne revealed with new tech, evolutionary design
The third-generation Cayenne has officially been revealed by the Stuttgart-based automaker at the Porsche Museum in Zuffenhausen. Completely new from the ground-up, the 2019 Porsche Cayenne adopts an evolutionary design, along with new high-tech features and a turbocharged engine lineup.
“We have completely redeveloped our successful model. It has been visibly and tangibly improved and perfected in all respects. The Cayenne has also been digitalized and networked throughout to give it a forward-thinking design,” said Oliver Burne, chairman of the executive board at Porsche AG.
Compared to the previous generation, the 2019 Cayenne features a sleeker design that is highlighted by the new LED sweptback headlights, more horizontal front grill and thin LED taillights reminescent of the new Panamera. In terms of size, the all-new Cayenne retains its previous 2,895mm wheelbase but is slightly longer by 76mm.
The new Cayenne is also lighter by 65kg. This was made possible thanks to a more lightweight chassis and a body entirely made out of aluminum. In addtion, the floorpan and front assembly, along with the other chassis components are manufactured from alloy.
“Our primary objective was to accentuate the character of the vehicle. More Porsche, more Cayenne. The new Cayenne is more precise, elegant, athletic and expressive,” said Michael Mauer, director of style at Porsche AG.
Inside, the new-generation Cayenne now comes with the latest Porsche Communication Management. It introduces new connectivity features, as well as a bigger 12.3-inch touchscreen display. Also new are the haptic feedback buttons on the center console which are integrated onto a smartphone-like touch surface. The analog gauges have been kept though they are now flanked by two 7-inch full HD displays that show the multi-info display.
Available audio systems for the all-new Cayenne are sourced from Bose and Burmester.
In standard trim, the 2019 Cayenne is powered by a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 that generates 340 PS and 450 Nm of torque. This allows the crossover to sprint from 0 – 100 km/h in 6.2 seconds and achieve a top speeed of 245 km/h. When fitted with the Sport Chrono package, it can achieve the 0 – 100 km/h at a faster 5.9 seconds.
Meanwhile, the more powerful Cayenne S is driven by a 2.9-liter bi-turbo V6. It produces 440 PS along with a hefty 550 Nm of pulling power. 0 – 100 km/h is quickly dispatched in 5.2 seconds (4.9 seconds with the Sport Chrono) while top speed is limited to 265 km/h.
Both the standard Cayenne and Cayenne S are equipped with a new eight-speed Tiptronic S automatic gearbox. According to Porsche, the transmission has shorter response times and 'sportier' ratios in the lower gears which enhance both on- and off-road performance. As always, the Cayenne is only available with all-wheel-drive.
Aside from the turbocharged powertrain, the 2019 Cayenne also benefit from upgraded brakes and improved handling. Available as an option are the tungsten-carbide coated disc brakes. With it, Porsche claimed that the unique finish increases friction while reducing wear and brake dust. These disc brakes are only available for models fitted with 20- or 21-inch alloy wheels.
As for its handling, the all-new Cayenne is now available with rear-wheel steering. First introduced in the refreshed 911 991.2 and all-new Panamera, the system enhances the Cayenne's agility around tight corners and reduces the turning circle radius for easier driving. In addition, the 2019 Cayenne can also be fitted with the optional adaptive air suspension and the Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control.
Safety features available in the 2019 Porsche Cayenne include lane change assist, lane keep assist, traffic jam assist, park assist with surround view and adaptive cruise control as such.