Porsche Introduce The Mighty New Cayenne | MHH International
At launch, there will be two newly-developed six-cylinder petrol engines to choose from. The Cayenne is powered by a 340bhp (345PS), 3L V6 engine with a single turbocharger delivering 40bhp more than the previous model. The 2.9L V6 twin-turbo engine in the Cayenne S develops 440hp 446PS) – an increase of 20hp. When the new Porsche is equipped with the optional Sport Chrono Package, the new Cayenne S will accelerate from 0 to 62 mph (100kph) in less than five seconds.
It seems that everything stems from the iconic 911 sports car and the lighter by 65kg Cayenne draws heavily on that for subtle design inspiration. For example, the new model features mixed tyres (wider at the rear than the front) and the option of rear-axle steering for the first time to augment grip. In addition, the on-road capabilities are further broadened by active all-wheel drive fitted as standard. Air suspension coupled with Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control, their electronic roll stabilisation system, is said to raise dynamic responses, as well as comfort, further still.
The enlarged air intakes at the front are clear statements of the increased performance, say Porsche. The car is bigger too with an overall length increase of 63mm and a roof lowered by 9mm without any compromise to the rear passengers.
The luggage compartment volume is now 770 litres – an increase of 100 litres, making Stuttgart’s finest a true long-distance, all terrain vehicle,. The wheels are one inch larger in diameter, with wider wheels and tyres on the rear axle for the first time, emphasising the enhanced driving dynamics.
Every Cayenne is fitted with LED headlights as standard or buyers can step up to a new three-stage headlight concept. With this upgrade, the Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS) can be selected as an option, offering a variety of light modes such as cornering lights and motorway lights. The new LED main headlights with matrix beam including PDLS Plus are the ultimate system available utlising 84 individually activated light-emitting diodes.
The expanded performance range of the Cayenne, broadening both sportiness and comfort, is due in no small part to the new eight-speed Tiptronic S automatic gearbox. Shorter response times and sportier ratios in the lower gears enhance both on-road performance and legendary off-road capability. At the other end of the expanded gear spread the taller eighth gear ensures lower revs, optimised fuel consumption and relaxed cruising.
Programmed off-road modes make it easy for the driver to select the right set-up for the conditions. The default setting obviously is the on-road programme. Four other modes activate the conditioning for mild off-road terrain: Mud, Gravel, Sand or Rocks. The drive, chassis and differential locks can be selected to adapt to the relevant scenario. For power distribution, Porsche utilises the active all-wheel drive while the intelligent, fully variable Porsche Traction Management (PTM) distributes the torque between the driven axles. In short, the SUV fulfils all the requirements for extensive traction on rough terrain.
Rear-axle steering, air suspension and roll stabilisation provides the optimal basis for the active chassis systems, which are analysed and synchronised by the integrated Porsche 4D Chassis Control system. The system works in real time, optimising handling even further. With the exception of the Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) damper system (standard with the Cayenne S), all other chassis systems are new.
For the first time, the Cayenne is available with the option of electric rear-axle steering – a unique attribute in the segment. The system, tried and tested both in the 911 and the Panamera, improves agility in bends and high speed lane-change stability. The reduced turning circle also makes for easier manoeuvring day to day.
The optional adaptive air suspension with new three-chamber technology significantly increases the spread between a sporting and assured connection with the road and the driving comfort expected of a touring car. As before, the system enables adjustments to the ground clearance on rough terrain. With the optional Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) roll stabilisation, drivers benefit by changing from a hydraulic to a new electrically operated system. This upgrade is made possible by a powerful 48 volt vehicle electrical system. The consequent shorter response times enable even more precision in the driving dynamics – and, crucially, even more comfort overall, say the company.
Porsche Advanced Cockpit
With the new generation, the Cayenne is writing a fresh chapter in the relationship between driver and vehicle. The Porsche Advanced Cockpit is fully integrated into the sporting, luxurious interior. At the heart of the new display and control concept is the 12 inch full-HD touchscreen of the latest generation Porsche Communication Management (PCM) first seen last year with the Panamera.
A range of digital functions can be operated intuitively – including by voice control. The standard Porsche Connect Plus allows access to online services and the Internet. This includes the standard online navigation with real-time traffic information. Night Vision Assist with a thermal imaging camera is one of the most important optional assistance systems, along with Lane Change Assist, Lane Keeping Assist including traffic sign recognition, traffic jam assist, ParkAssist including Surround View and Porsche InnoDrive including adaptive cruise control. A complete safety package in fact.
The third generation of the Porsche Cayenne is available to order now with deliveries starting April 2018.Prices start around £55,000 in the UK with the S Version at around £65,000 depending on specification.