Porsche is a bit late to the big SUV coupe party, but it plans to stir the waters with their first-ever Cayenne Coupe that builds on the success of its more practical sibling.
While Stuttgart has yet to officially confirm the name, prototypes of the sporty crossover have been scooped on several occasions during the past few months. More recently, it made a comeback in Germany’s Stuttgart region, where YouTubers were able to film it in action.
Now, Porsche is continuing the development of the Cayenne Coupe in the Swedish Lapland, the Arctic part of Sweden’s northernmost destination, where it’s undergoing rigorous winter tests.
A rival to the BMW X6 and Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe, the coupé variant’s most distinguishing feature is the steeply-raked roofline. Other exterior styling cues that will further differentiate it from the regular Cayenne – albeit to a lesser degree, include the new tail light design currently hidden under fake stickers, the newly styled tailgate that does away with the rear license plate holder that moves to the bumper and modified rear window.
Another signature feature will be the retractable rear spoiler, which unlike the two-part design on the Panamera, will be a single piece.
It’s a less airy Cayenne inside
While the sloping roofline hands it a more sporting and alluring profile, it also comes with a caveat, as taller passengers won’t feel as comfortable on the rear bench, since headroom will no doubt be affected, and so will the boot capacity, over the regular Cayenne. Other than that, though, the dashboard seen on the prototypes is identical to the Cayenne, as is the case with its competitors. That sais, it will be jammed with new technologies, including a large 12.3-inch infotainment system, new gauge cluster and other features.
You don’t have to look far to see what engines will be offered with the crossover coupe. If not all, most gasoline units from the Cayenne will be available, including the twin-turbo 2.9-liter V6 that produces 440 PS (434 hp / 323 kW) and the twin-turbo 4.9-liter V8 with 550 PS (542 hp / 404 kW). A plug-in hybrid variant could be in the pipeline, but diesel fans will likely be left without a choice.