2018 Porsche Cayenne Spied Virtually Undisguised

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The 2018 Porsche Cayenne has been spied virtually undisguised ahead of its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.

Looking instantly recognizable, the redesigned crossover has an evolutionary front fascia with a familiar grille and slimmer headlights. The déjà vu design continues further back but designers have made the car's profile appear less bulky.

Besides featuring a more streamlined appearance, the next-generation Cayenne has a sportier roofline and smaller windows behind the rear doors. Our spy photographer also notes the camouflaged taillights are expected to resemble those on the Panamera Sport Turismo.

Porsche has been tight-lipped on specifications but the crossover will ride on the MLB platform that underpins the Audi Q7 and Bentley Bentayga. This change could enable the model to weigh as much as 440 lbs (200) less than its predecessor.

Engine options are expected to carryover from the Panamera so expect the entry-level model to have a 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine that develops 330 hp (246 kW) and 331 lb-ft (448 Nm) of torque. Likewise, the mid-level Cayenne S could be equipped with a twin-turbo 2.9-liter V6 producing 440 hp (328 kW) and 405 lb-ft (548 Nm) of torque.

Buyers looking for maximum performance should be able to get a Cayenne Turbo with a twin-turbo V8 cranking out 550 hp (410 kW) and 567 lb-ft (767 Nm) of torque. If that isn't insane enough, the Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid could pack a combined output of 680 hp (507 kW).

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