According to our sources, the next-generation Porsche Cayenne is expected to come out later this year and it’s very likely it will be officially presented at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. These spy-shots, however, do reveal more of the new styling than all other photos before – including the LED-strip connecting the two taillights.
We have seen that feature on prototypes of the next-gen 911 first but it looks like the Cayenne will actually be the first model to come with it. It’s also known that the 2018 model will definitely get a new underpinning. This will be the Volkswagen Group’s MLB SUV platform, or more precisely the shortened version. The platform already works with the Audi Q7 and Bentley Bentayga, so we know some specific details. The architecture involves a combination of aluminium, carbon fibre and ultrahigh-strength steel, which will make the 2018 Cayenne lighter and more agile.
Our new spy-shots confirm that the carmaker plans to involve lots of details from Porsche’s Panamera Sport Turismo concept, and some cues from the smaller Macan crossover. This way, the future design will get a nice looking clamshell hood, though without the concept’s C-shaped fender vent. The interior will receive a complete redesign, while there should be some infotainment and safety changes too.
Porsche’s engine department will offer several interesting engines. There will be a 4.0-litre V8 and 3.6-litre V8, as well as a turbocharged 2.9-litre V6. The 2018 Cayenne will also get a plug-in hybrid system with a 3.0-litre engine as part of the powertrain. The European model will get a diesel engine too.