The next few years will be especially busy for Volkswagen Group with a wave of new models coming soon. With the introduction of the all-new Q7, Porsche soon went to work with the development of the third generation model.

2018 Porsche Cayenne test mule

The new crossover will be riding on the MLB Evo platform which is currently seeing service in the Audi Q7, Bentley Bentayga and, in smaller form, the B9 A4. This platform will also serve as the basis for the next-generation Audi A8, as well as the upcoming third generation Volkswagen Touareg. With the use of this platform, the 2018 Cayenne is expected to shed around 100 kilograms from the outgoing model.

2018 Porsche Cayenne test mule rear

Being a test mule, what you see here is not yet the final design. Instead, the mule uses the body panels of the current model. Eagle eyed viewers will notice a new front bumper, perhaps to test its cooling systems as it undergoes hot weather testing. The rear end also appears to be longer and the heavily camouflaged tailgate suggests a major revision. Expect the production model to retain Porsche styling cues such as the distinct headlights, wide front air intake and 911-like lines.

2018 Porsche Cayenne test mule side

As for engines, it is likely that it will share the same powertrain options with the recently introduced Panamera. These include turbocharged V6 and V8 engines, as well as a turbodiesel. A hybrid variant is also a possibility as the current models come with it plus a plug-in hybrid model.