The third generation of the popular Porsche Cayenne comes as
the 2018 model and we expect its official promotion at the
Frankfurt Auto Show in September. Based on what we know so far,
the new Cayenne promises sleeker look, improved dynamics,
performance and efficiency. However, brand’s CEO Oliver Blume
revealed at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show that new Cayenne will
also implement a new level of hybridization by adding a new
range-toping version the Turbo S E-Hybrid. Yes, the idea is the
same as on the 2017 Porsche Panamera and we expect the same
powertrain configuration in the new 2018 Porsche Cayenne Turbo
S E-Hybrid model. On the other hand, Mr. Blume also said that
smaller Macan and probably the 911 won’t likely follow the same
strategy even in their next generation.
2018 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid: Design
The prototype model of the new-generation Cayenne was spotted
several times almost undisguised. This was likely the model
with conventional powertrain but from the visual perspective
the 2018 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid model won’t differ
much from this version. So, the new Cayenne is expected to
present sleeker styling but Porsche won’t change its design
approach radically. The model should sport slightly reworked
front and rear fascia and more sloped roofline. The lighting
units will also feature modernized design and bumpers will also
see some changes. Some pictures also showing the daytime
running lights as the part of the front bumper.
On the other hand, the revolution will happen under the skin of
the new Cayenne. The model will adopt VW Group’s MLB platform
which started its life in the new Audi Q7. The benefits of this
platform will be seen on model’s efficiency and performance
thanks to improved rigidity and reduced weight. The mix of
modern materials including the high-strength steel, aluminum
and carbon fiber should provide about 220 pounds of reduced
weight despite the model should gain stretched wheelbase.
On the other hand, from the interior, we should expect more
relaxed rear leg room thanks to the longer wheelbase. The
design should, however, be similar as in the new Panamera. The
Cayenne will get the latest infotainment system.
An improved touchscreen interface will lead to less
physical controls. The safety credentials will also be improved
with the addition of more active driver aids including the
2018 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid: Powertrain
When it comes to the powertrain, there should be no surprises.
The 2018 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid model is expected to
adopt the version of impressive hybrid setup from the Panamera
Turbo S E-Hybrid. In this model, the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8
engine from the Panamera Turbo S model produces 550 hp.
However, the electric motor also comes in the play with the
addition of 136 hp for the total output of 680 ponies. The part
of the system is also a 14.1-kWh battery and an 8-speed PDK
dual-clutch auto box. The all-wheel drive will be standard.
It remains to see how this Cayenne version will show in the
efficiency and performance. The Panamera powered with this
setup needs 3.3 seconds to hit 60 mph.
Panamera’s all-electric range is around 31 miles.
2018 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid: Arrival, Price
The new-generation Cayenne is planned for the launch late this
year. However, the ultimate 2018 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S
E-Hybrid model should come sometime in 2018. On the other hand,
it’s hard to put the price tag on this model before we get more
details. As the reference, the Panamera version costs from
whopping $185, 450.