The New Porsche Cayenne
Porsche has recently unveiled the third generation Cayenne at the Frankfurt motor show. The Cayenne was the brand game changer when the sports car maker stepping into the SUV market. This was a contraversal step at the but now in hindsight was extremely forward thinking as so many other car brands have enter s the SUV space. In the UK market Cayenne competes with the Range Rover Sport and the recently introduced Range Rover Velar for the market in the mid sized premium SUV sector.
The Porsche Cayenne became a status symbol and captured a new audience for the Porsche. It was a Porsche 911 with four-doors, a larger boot and one that could drive on snow. Many people adored the Cayenne and it became the best-selling Porsche. It redefined the “Chelsea Tractor” market and became the Yummie Mummy’s SUV of choice being slightly more compact than the bigger Range Rovers
Not only did the Cayenne bring the Porsche brand to the SUV market, It also changed the perception with regard to SUVs! Since it was first revealed, the Cayenne was a game-changing SUV. No one was expecting an SUV to behave like a car and Cayenne changed this bias years ago. The second generation was another milestone. The off-road abilities were minimised and the overall weight was reduced.
Now the third Cayenne has been revealed. However, the exterior design does not really differ much from that of the second generation. The official press release highlights the Porsche 911 DNA in the new Cayenne. So, that’s a solid reason why we see a Cayenne that looks similar to the previous model. That’s the Porsche 911 DNA! It also has some big brother design cues when compared with the Macan , Porsches smaller SUV introduced in 2014
This latest model offers new technologies as well. We would like to start with the rear-wheel steering! This technology is available with both the 911 and the Panamera models to improve handling and make parking easier. In the case of the Cayenne, it is for better handling and making it easier to park. Another new feature of the Cayenne is the Porsche 4D Chassis Control system. The new air suspension system consists of a three-chamber system and is coupled with the Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) system that is powered by 48-volts.This enables the Cayenne to offer a more comfortable ride via quicker reaction to body rolls and for the driver to experience better handling when needed.
The Cayenne and the Cayenne S both contain turbo powered engines. The Cayenne is powered by a six-cylinder single-turbo petrol engine, and the Cayenne S is powered by a 2.9-lt six-cylinder twin-turbo engine. Both engines can be ordered with a Sport Chrono Pack to improve acceleration times. This is clearly underlines how the Cayenne should be used!
The interior of the Cayenne shares the same design features as the Panamera, and a 12.4-inch multi-gesture touch screen is available. The interior design is significantly better than earlier models and improve the luxury atmosphere for the passengers.
The off-road feature of the Cayenne is still available. According to Porsche’s press release, the new Cayenne can lock-up all differentials and offers different settings for different terrains. As we do not have the detailed information regarding its off-road abilities, it is hard to figure out what type of locks they are using to offer an off-road ability. In reality the vast majority of buyers will never use the Cayenne off road but its 4WD ability are intrinsic to the models appeal,
The automatic gearbox is still a conventional one and the first gear aims to generate a low-range effect. The gearshifts have been improved to enhance the sports driving characteristics.
The Cayenne has also inherited driving assistance systems from the Panamera such as a blind-spot assist, a traffic jam assist and a pre-crash system.
Overall, the Porsche Cayenne has again reinforced its place as the premium sports SUV in what is increasingly becoming a crowded SUV market. Despite the design resemblance with the previous model, it will be a strong player on the market. We are expecting to see a high demand for the new Cayenne, just as was the case with the previous models.
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