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First Look — 2019 Porsche Cayenne and Cayenne S

Lighter Architecture, Turbo Power, and High-Tech Interiors Headline Third-Gen SUV

Aug 29, 2017
Porsche revealed the 2019 Cayenne in Stuttgart today, unveiling the third generation of the company’s original SUV. Slated to hit U.S. dealers by the middle of next year, the Cayenne will initially be released in base and Cayenne S forms, costing $65,700 and $82,900 respectively (plus $1,050 for delivery).

All Turbo, All the Time

Headlining the changes to the 2019 SUV is an all-new, all-turbo engine lineup, starting with the base Cayenne. Replacing the outgoing model’s 3.6L V-6 will be a 3.0L V-6 producing 340 hp and 332 lb-ft. Aided by a single turbocharger, the new engine produces 40 hp and 37 lb-ft more than the mill it replaces. Expect the turbo to broaden the torque curve for better midrange performance as well. Porsche claims the 2019 Cayenne will hit 60 mph in 5.9 seconds on its way to a quarter-mile time of 14.4 seconds, with a top speed of 152 mph. The available Sport Chrono package cuts those times to 5.6 seconds to 60 and 14.2 seconds through the quarter, possibly via a temporary overboost function or snappier transmission responses.
Photo 2/7   |   2019 Porsche Cayenne Exterior Rear Quarter 01
The one-rung-up Cayenne S will receive a 2.9L twin-turbocharged V-6 that makes 440 hp and 406 lb-ft, representing a 20hp increase over the twin-turbo 3.6L V-6 found in the 2017 Cayenne S (torque output remains the same). The new mill will hustle the Cayenne S to 60 in 4.9 seconds (4.6 with Sport Chrono) and cross the quarter-mile beams in 13.3 seconds (13.2 with Sport Chrono). The S will hit 164 mph if given enough room and free rein. Notably, both the Cayenne and Cayenne S slice a few ticks off their predecessors’ performance metrics.
Backing up the new engines will be an eight-speed “Tiptronic S” automatic transmission, which Porsche says offers improved comfort and quicker response times in its lower gears, plus an exceptionally tall top gear for relaxed, efficient freeway cruising. Sending power to all four wheels through a full-time all-wheel-drive system, the transmission also features four distinct programs in addition to its on-road default: Mud, Gravel, Sand, or Rocks. The outgoing Cayenne and its predecessor were known for their surprising off-road performance, and it sounds like it’d be fair to expect more of the same from Porsche.

Lightweight Hustle, Heavyweight Performance

Featuring chassis and body lightweighting, Porsche says the 2019 Cayenne will weigh up to 143 pounds less than the SUV it replaces, despite added standard equipment. As with the Panamera supersedan—which shares a good amount of its powertrain and chassis technology—the Cayenne and Cayenne S feature aluminum-intensive construction for the body, floorpan, and chassis components.
Newly available for the Cayenne is a staggered wheel setup, with wider hoops in back for added grip and a distinctly sporty drive. Furthermore, the Cayenne will also receive rear-axle steering as an option. This feature countersteers the rear wheels compared to the front at low speeds, enhancing maneuverability in parking and around-town situations. At higher speeds, the rear axle steers in phase with the front axle, providing better straight-line stability and more predictable handling dynamics. The Cayenne will also debut world-first stopping technology: Porsche Surface Coated Brake. Available on all Cayenne models, PSCB consists of cast-iron brake discs with a tungsten carbide coating, improving friction while reducing wear and brake dust. As on the outgoing Cayenne, carbon-ceramic brakes remain the top-dog stopper option.
Porsche Active Suspension Management will be an option on the Cayenne and standard on the Cayenne S. The system brings variable damper controls to the SUV, helping provide a smooth ride or sporty handling as conditions warrant. Also available will be a three-chamber air suspension, an improvement over the old two-chamber system to allow for more specific adjustability.
Photo 3/7   |   2019 Porsche Cayenne S Exterior Side Profile
Porsche will also be the latest recipient of an available 48V electrical system, which will activate the stabilizer bars found in the optional Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control system. The automatically adjustable stabilizers soften when the system detects a sudden upward wheel movement to smooth out the ride, then stiffen around corners to prevent body roll and improve grip.
The standard and available suspension systems provide inputs to Porsche 4D Chassis Control, which can analyze the data for near-instantaneous suspension adjustments.
Photo 4/7   |   2019 Porsche Cayenne Exterior Front Quarter 02

Sculpted Exterior

We still struggle with rounded-off SUVs like the Cayenne, BMW X6, and Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe, but Porsche’s turtle-backed SUV looks appropriately aggressive, thanks to image-widening air intakes up front and a sloping, creased hood flanked by LED-accented headlamps. Mercifully, Porsche designers showed restraint in the side profile, as the Cayenne gets smooth, uncluttered flanks and a strong shoulder line connecting the front and rear fenders. It’s a much lovelier design than some of the overstyled, overwrought vehicles on the market today.
Photo 5/7   |   2019 Porsche Cayenne S Exterior Rear Quarter 01
Around back, three-dimensional taillamps look plucked right off the Panamera, giving the rear some visual interest. Spanning the rear end is Porsche’s signature script branding, with a full-width LED lightbar illuminating it from underneath. It’s immediately identifiable as a Porsche, but the branding is done in a subtle way.
There are a few styling missteps, such as the brace-face front grille bars and protruding front bumper, but overall, devotees of the Porsche brand will like what they see. It’s a much more chiseled look than the outgoing Cayenne, which in turn exorcised a lot of the blobbiness found in Porsche’s first iteration of the SUV.
Photo 6/7   |   2019 Porsche Cayenne Exterior Front Quarter 01

Inner Beauty

Inside, the Cayenne’s overall styling still features many of the same elements as found in previous generations: the massive center tunnel grab handles, vertical air vents, and a tach located in the center of the instrument panel are all Cayenne signatures. But the company is throwing its crossover straight into the in-car tech fray, thanks to a massive 12.3-inch center console touchscreen. The full-HD system was first revealed in the Panamera last year, and it’s capable of delivering stunning on-screen graphics, 3D map displays, and a variety of connected services (like online navigation with real-time traffic).
Photo 7/7   |   2019 Porsche Cayenne Interior
The analog tachometer is now flanked by two 7-inch HD displays, which show relevant vehicle information as selected by steering wheel controls. The center console still features a smattering of physical buttons, but it’s now mostly dominated by a glass-look touch surface with audio and haptic feedback. The touchpad look cleans up a lot of the button clutter found in some of Porsche’s other products, although we hope basic climate and audio controls will still have physical controls.
The digital interface will also be available with high-tech enhancements, like thermal-imaging Night Vision Assist, Porsche InnoDrive adaptive cruise control, and Surround View camera systems. Expect a long list of available luxury decorations, like upgraded leather, authentic wood and aluminum, and contrast-color seatbelts or gauge faces. As with any Porsche, it’ll likely be easy to personalize a new Cayenne down to the last stitch.

The Challenging Third Album

The first-generation Cayenne was a wildly popular machine, giving Porsche enthusiasts a family-car option that still provided excellent on-road performance and reasonable off-road chops. That SUV’s replacement further refined the formula, losing its predecessor’s ungainly styling, trimming weight, and improving comfort and performance.
The third in its family line, the 2019 Cayenne carries a lot of weight on its shapely shoulders. It’s also one of Porsche’s bestselling, most important models. So do its engineers deserve promotions or “job downsizing”? Obviously, it’s hard to say without driving, but in most quantifiable ways, the new Cayenne is an incremental improvement over the vehicle it replaces. With less weight, more power, added technology, and refined styling, it will likely be the massive sales success that Porsche would like it to be.
Source: Porsche

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