Porsche Reveals Updated 2019 Cayenne

Angelica Greene
August 30, 2017

They told us it was coming and now it's here. Look closer, however, and you'll see that it's all-new, inside and out. Porsche have taken the opportunity to unveil the updated Cayenne. That means that it essentially looks the same as before, which is fine and to be expected from a brand with such a strong and deeply established design language.

Perhaps even more so.

Making its debut to the world via live stream video, the 2019 Porsche Cayenne is the latest iteration of the German automaker's most popular crossover.

Most of the '19 Cayenne's exterior is made of aluminum, as is the floorpan assembly, front section and virtually all of the chassis components. The Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS) offers a variety of light modes, such as cornering light and motorway light.

Inside, the new-generation Cayenne now comes with the latest Porsche Communication Management. Differentiated from standard brakes with a new white finished brake calliper, if you thought having two different brake options was too much you might want to skip over this one. At the low-end is a turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 that generates 340 horsepower and will hit 60 miles per hour in about 5.8 seconds.

Initially, there are two newly developed V6 petrol engines to choose from: a 335bhp 3.0-litre with a single turbocharger and a twin-turbo 2.9-litre that produces 434bhp. But even now, the Cayenne gets from 0 to 60 miles per hour in as little as 5.6 seconds, and the Cayenne S does it in 4.6 - so neither of these Porsche SUVs should be described as "slow", if you're looking for performance. The quarter mile is vanquished in 14.2 seconds, and the Cayenne moves on to a top speed of 152 miles per hour.

What won't know until closer to launch is how fuel efficient these engines will be.

Numerous additional Cayenne variants will be introduced later, including replacements for the current S Diesel, S E-Hybrid and Turbo models. A similar timeline to the Panamera's rollout makes sense, so I'm guessing we'll hear more over the next year.

As before, every Cayenne is equipped with four-wheel drive, but this is now combined with four off-road driving modes created to help you tackle different conditions: mud, gravel, sand and rocks.

Porsche says the SUV is heavily inspired by the 911 sports auto, and along with the exterior upgrades, the Cayenne now has mixed tires and rear-axle steering for the first time. That last bit can adjust the rear wheels' angle of attack in concert or in contrast to the front wheels to boost stability at high speeds and maneuverability at low speeds, respectively. A lithium-ion starter battery is also new and is said to contribute 22 pounds to that weight loss total. Less weight usually means better handling, braking and acceleration, so we're happy to hear this.

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Each version of the Cayenne will come equipped with active all-wheel drive, an new version of the Porsche 4D Dynamic Chassis Control (electronic stabiliser system) that swaps out the old hydraulic system for a new 48-volt electrical one, three-chamber air suspension, and much more than just a token nod to off-road ability.

Exclusive to the Cayenne is a trick brake system called the Porsche Surface Coated Brake - also known as PSCB, because Porsche adores acronyms above all else.

For a sleeker look, the third-generation Cayenne is 6.3 centimetres (2.5 inches) longer and almost 1 centimetre lower than its predecessor.

A new eight-speed Tiptronic S transmission is standard, and the company says improved comfort and quicker response times were the goals behind the development of the new unit.

Flagship SUV gets subtle design tweaks but gains on technologies first seen in the Panamera.

As with all Porsches, there is an optional Sport Chrono Package with four modes: Normal, Sport, Sport Plus and an individually configurable setting.

Below the main screen is the same bank of black glass-look capacitive buttons that control various vehicle systems.

Porsche will also fit extra safety kit if you request it, including lane-keeping assistance, traffic-sign recognition, a night-vision camera, a 360-degree bird's-eye camera and adaptive cruise control.

As with the ongoing trend, the new Cayenne is also mounted on the Major League Baseball architecture.

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