2018 Porsche Cayenne Debuts As Company Says Its More 911-Like Than Ever

Porsche has officially unveiled the 2018 Cayenne ahead of its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

Looking instantly recognizable, the redesigned crossover has an evolutionary front fascia with larger air intakes and new LED headlights. The familiar styling continues further back but Porsche says the Cayenne has a lower roofline which helps to give it a more athletic stance. Other notable changes include larger alloy wheels and new taillights that echo those of the Panamera Sport Turismo.

Bigger changes occur in the cabin as drivers will find a new center console which has a mix of analogue and digital controls. A more noticeable feature is the 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system which has internet connectivity.

Once seated behind the three spoke steering wheel, drivers will found a new instrument cluster with an analogue tachometer that is flanked by two 7-inch displays. Other highlights include Bose and Burmester audio systems as well as a larger luggage compartment which has a capacity of 770 liters (27.1 cubic feet).

Under the hood, a variety of different engines will be available including a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 that produces 340 PS (250 kW) and 450 Nm (331 lb-ft) of torque. It is connected to a new eight-speed automatic transmission and an active all-wheel drive system which enables the model to accelerate from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in as little as 5.9 seconds when equipped with the Sport Chrono Package.

Moving up to the Cayenne S rewards buyers with a twin-turbo 2.9-liter V6 with 440 PS (324 kW) and 550 Nm (405 lb-ft) of torque. Thanks to the additional power, the crossover can run from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in as little as 4.9 seconds before hitting a top speed of 265 km/h (164 mph).

Speaking of performance, the 2018 Cayenne is slightly lighter than its predecessor thanks to the extensive use of aluminum. The model now tips the scale at 1,985 kg (4,376 lbs) which is a reduction of up to 65 kg (143 lbs).

To help bring the model to a stop, the Cayenne can be equipped with new Porsche Surface Coated Brakes which consist of a cast-iron disc with a special tungsten-carbide coating. Porsche says the coating increases friction while also reducing wear.

In the tech department, the Cayenne can be equipped with an assortment of driver assistance systems including adaptive cruise control. Other highlights include Night Vision Assist, Lane Change Assist, Lane Keeping Assist, and Traffic Jam Assist.

The 2018 Porsche Cayenne is currently available to order and German pricing starts at €74,828.

Update: In the United States, the Cayenne will be sold as a 2019 model. Pricing starts at $65,700 for the Cayenne and $82,900 for the Cayenne S.


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  • Dresulam_08

    So this is all new? So it is now acceptable to do a nip tuck on the headlights and call a car all new

    • Rocket

      It’s a completely different platform. It’s about as all-new as you’re going to get from any VAG brand. In another 10 to 15 years when the next one debuts, we’ll be saying the same thing.

      • TheHake

        There are enough people that like evolutionary design (see sales numbers in Europe) for VAG, BMW, M-B not to have to completely restart a design from scratch. It also ensures that your old car keeps some of it’s value. Just look at what an older gen Scenic is worth every time a new shape comes out. Nothing, I tells ya!

  • Dennis James

    It seems I was spot on when I noticed that the wheels are larger on this model, making it look more compact (and also improving its off-road abilities).

  • Eunos

    Damn, it’s got nice ass, wheels and very good-looking interior.

  • Honda NSX-R

    I wish that there were more physical buttons and knobs in the interior.

  • Christian
  • Axiom Ethos

    You mean the 2019 Cayenne..

    • TheHake

      No. 2018. It will be available next year already. Not in 2019.

  • Dresulam_08

    So this is all new? So it is now acceptable to do a nip tuck on the headlights and call a car all new

    • TheHake

      Nope. Look closer. All new.

  • Six_Tymes

    less FRUMPY looking now. nice work

  • alexxx

    I like the interior and the tail lights are improved….the rest,meeh…


    Basically Panamera SUV mk2

  • DM

    Now looks on par with the far sexier Macan. This feels like a refresh but hey If it ain’t broke don´t fix it. Great looking car!

    • TheHake

      100% with you!

  • SamBamm

    Can I get one without the cattle fencing across the entire nose?

    • Six Thousand Times

      You can not. But get a 911 that’s not at all like this.

  • vantageman1

    this looks like a midcycle refresh……….not an all new model I guess Porsche and bentley are letting fear design their new vehicles so afraid for it to not look identical to the previous model that it will lose sales. I guess accountants are styling the cars now instead of designers

  • Benjamin Daniel Benedict

    Current version looks better !

  • -Its More 911-Like Than Ever

    Well at least they use the same emblem, maybe the same fabric for the floor mat, …

  • SteersUright

    Lovely truck. Looks like a bigger Macan, with an even nicer interior. The 0-60 quoted times seem a bit slow for the quoted power and at these prices. Either way, my only gripe with any Porsche (any German car actually) is, have they sorted out the electronics any better than before? Or can we expect the standard full gamut of electrical issues common to Porsches that are used as true daily drivers?

  • Six Thousand Times

    In that it’s nothing like the 911?

  • klowik

    I thought it’s just a facelift. can’t Porsche think of something new in their design department? perhaps take some cue from Kia Sportage?

  • yes

    From the back it looks like Kia Sportage and from the front like old Cayenne.

  • Vassilis

    Very similar to the Macan. Not bad. Although I prefer the outgoing model. Looks more like a beast.

  • fabri99

    Looks like a Ford Edge.

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    • TheHake


  • steve

    Exterior looks boring – new dash and centre console is more modern than existing model

  • TheHake

    Oh I love it. It’s much more like the Macan. Subtle changes, yes, but well implemented. The proportions look spot on.

  • sidewaysspin

    I hate that grille just a bunch of unimaginative straight lines.

  • atomiccow

    This is a joke right? The management on this car must have been the same as those behind the new Audi A4. I mean… https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ea1662f198c1f67df238feb82006653b6f9877ee75a9c34c856938e927d1b3c8.jpg

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