2018 Porsche Cayenne Spied Virtually Undisguised

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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  • WG

    I need a side-by-side picture comparison between this new and the current Cayenne to distinguish what’s new… I can’t see any differences.

    • SgtBeavis

      The front clip is slightly updated but, as you can see, the only real exterior change is the tail lamps. Otherwise is like pretty much the same as my 2016. I’m disappointed in that I thought 2018 was going to be a total redesign.

  • Dennis James

    Because it’s virtually identical.

  • RWD

    Why did not they use an rwd platform(panamera’s MSB)? At the end of the day this is Porsche. And again they went full retartd using this stupid fwd platform with a huge and ugly front overhang… Meh… The same goes to the Bentyaga. You have to pay 200+ for a car that has an fwd proportions… Thanks God the upcoming Conti Gt is based on the MSB(RWD) platform…

  • xDRAN0x

    Is it me or the front view is weird? seems like the wheels are off / not right size

  • BobV12

    Is that possible that the only “true” Cayenne was and always will be the 955 ? By being an outsider, created to shake the market. Now it is only copy/paste from the VAG gene pool.

  • botornot387

    this isn’t the redesign, you can see thats mostly the old body melded on to the new platform. If thats a redesign, then they’ve given up completely, and it goes against most reports that said the taillights would be more like the panamera’s

    • lapirk

      if you look closely you can see the impression of the rear lights are gonna be like the panamera’s with the central running lights. the old gen stickers cover it well. rest of the car looks pretty unchanged with more of macan evolutions. the cayenne was never a looker so this isn’t shocking

  • caddy45

    I think it looks great. It looks more similar to the Macan in the profile, front end looks neater and a nice evolution of the current design. If you look closely you can see that the new light bar a-la-Panamera is there but taped over. Can’t wait to see how it all looks when it’s revealed.

  • no25

    So, they flipped the license plate slot upside and called it a day?

  • Six Thousand Times

    I guess less ugly than the last one, maybe but still a no.

  • Kannag Don Amenra

    The passenger is trolling the spy photographer by taking pictures of the ‘spy’. LOL 🙂

  • Alex

    Horrendous. A pig with lipstick

  • supermanuel

    “2018 Porsche Cayenne Spied Virtually… unchanged. “

    • Finkployd

      Posted the same thing, had to delete ?


    what the new in this cayenne hahahaha

  • Enter Ranting

    Still hideous.

  • Eric D

    While Porsche is always stellar in terms of driving dynamics. The “redesign” is boring and does not spark desire.

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