Anton Andres / Carpix for Autoindustriya | August 08, 2016 17:44
High-riding coupe to join lineup soon
The sport utility coupe is slowly becoming a hotly contested niche segment and it would appear that Porsche will be joining the fray in the near future. Our spy photographers just caught a test mule of what looks to be the Cayenne coupe.
At the moment, the car being used is merely a test mule and does not feature its final shape just yet. Its internals are currently being hidden underneath a Panamera body but one will notice its raised ride height. For its production version, expect a treatment similar to what BMW did for the X6 and Mercedes-Benz for the GLE Coupe with a sleeker, less upright side profile. One can also expect this model to be revealed shortly after the release of the third generation Cayenne which is currently undergoing testing.
Using the shell of a Panamera, it is likely that it will ride on Volkswagen's modular platform called MLB Evo. At the moment, the MLB Evo platform is being used in the second generation Audi Q7, Bentley Bentayga, Porsche Panamera plus the upcoming Audi A8 and third generation Cayenne.
For its engines, it is more than likely that the coupe will mirror the standard model's powertrains, which will possibly be the engines from the Panamera. These include a range of turbocharged V6 and V8 engines, as well as a V6 turbodiesel. It is yet unknown if a hybrid variant will join the lineup, given the sportier nature of the coupe. It may be a possibility since the current Cayenne comes with a hybrid variant along with a plug-in hybrid model.