If you like the current Porsche Macan, you will be delighted with the redesigned Cayenne without any doubt. If not, well…you will have to wait for another six or seven years to see a bolder vehicle because the new-generation 2018 Porsche Cayenne is just a bigger Macan. Porsche’s “playing safe” redesign brought us a luxurious, perhaps too serious, but definitely very capable SUV.
As you can see, the front-end styling sports most of the exterior changes. The carmaker added a new, dominant grille, so the overall front end looks like it’s actually wider. The all-new Cayenne didn’t steal Macan’s clamshell hood as we expected, but it borrowed both head- and taillights. In addition, new rooflines seem to be more dynamic, while the massive rear bumper features expected dual quad pipes.
Inside, the 2018 Porsche Cayenne looks pretty much the same as the new Panamera. Okay, it’s not exactly the same, but the dashboard seems to be pulled off from the amazing sedan. That’s not the worst thing here. No, the dash is entirely touch-based, which is a trend, but it’s not the best possible solution (at least we don’t like it). We can’t really say whether the SUV features better of worst seats or more or less space, simply because we haven’t sat inside, but the leather treatment is obvious. Plus, the overall cab design is boosted with wood details.
Like we said a thousand times before, the 2018 Cayenne will switch the platform. The new generation model will use VW Group’s new MLB Evo architecture, which is going to shed some weight without any doubt. It will also open space for new engines, though the U.S. model will rely mostly on gasoline power. The base model will use a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 with 330 hp and 331 lb-ft, but in case you need more power, there will be a twin-turbo 2.9-liter V6 as well. The mill is able to produce 440 hp and 405 lb-ft of torque. While we are not so sure whether there will be a diesel option for North America, a plug-in hybrid option will definitely come.
The carmaker scheduled the official debut of the 2018 Porsche Cayenne for Tuesday, August 29, 2017, so we will get more information pretty soon.