The third-generation Porsche Cayenne has finally been unveiled, representing a great improvement over the high-performance family SUV that forever changed the face of the German automaker.
Remember when Porsche only made sports cars? Well, the first-gen Cayenne made that a thing of the past, skyrocketing the brand’s sales through the roof. The new Cayenne rides on the Volkswagen Group’s MLB platform — also used by other vehicles like the Audi Q5 and Q7 — and, as a result, is nearly 150 pounds lighter than its predecessor.
Motivating the lighter, leaner and meaner chassis is a 3-liter V6 that churns out 340 horsepower and 332lb-ft of torque, allowing the 2019 Cayenne to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 5.9 seconds.
Buyers looking for even more performance have the option of the Cayenne S, which boasts a 2.9L twin-turbo rated at 440 horsepower and 406lb-ft, and needs just 4.9 seconds to hit 60 mph.
All-wheel-drive is standard across the board, and an available Sport Chrono package can make both models faster in acceleration.
Not only is the new Cayenne faster than ever, but it’s also better at stopping, thanks to the world-exclusive application of Porsche’s new braking technology. The new tungsten-carbide-coated brake rotors are said to increase friction yet reduce wear and dust. The Porsche Surface Coated Brakes package is optional.
On the handling front, the new Cayenne can be equipped with rear-axle steering that improves vehicle dynamics and that supposedly makes it more like the Porsche 911 than ever. The system is automatically disabled at highway speeds to increase stability.
The all-new, 2019 Porsche Cayenne has a starting price of $66,750 in the United States, while the Cayenne S kicks off at $83,950 (both include destination). European sales begin in late 2017, while North American sales start in mid-2018.
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