The newest release in the realm of crossovers is coming in a form of 2018 Porsche Cayenne. It is going to be released at the end of 2017 if everything goes according to plans. The newest prototype was driven on a couple of occasions and we have some spy photos to back that up. Since it is a testing mule, some parts are just a cosmetic and are placed in incomplete forms. Other parts are borrowed from similar Porsche models, but there are visible lines for shapes of the original parts.
This new model will bring a combination of strengthening steel, aluminum and carbon fiber which means a more efficient vehicle.
2018 Porsche Cayenne Release Date And Price
The 2018 Porsche Cayenne will be released In the third quarter of 2017, marketed as a model for 2018. That, we know for sure, based on the degree of development we can see on the testing mule. Price is going to be higher than it was earlier predicted and it will go north from $60,000 dollars. But since 2018 Porsche Cayenne has a total of fifteen different trims and models, we just have to wait for the official catalog in order to see everything with our own eyes. The price range cannot be either, and we based the base price on the grounds of our experience with the former models. But since this model is being developed on the new joint platform, there is a chance that, the price will go up on the arrival.
2018 Porsche Cayenne Exterior
As for the 2018 Porsche Cayenne exterior is considered, the changes are going to be slim, except that change in the platform. The overall shape and sports line are going to remain in its place in order to keep this vehicle unique and recognizable on the roads. The front grille is rumored to be more stylistic and aggressive, headlights are going to be updated with LED technology (for daytime running) and the taillights are now more round and go over to the side of the vehicle. That last little detail can be seen on the spy photos presented below the text.
The change of the platform means that the 2018 Porsche Cayenne is finally joining the family of the MLB Platform. That is actually the company’s strategy for the years to come. That modular matrix will also be used on the 2018 Audi A1, but with MQB platform for the vehicle with transverse engine orientation.
The MLB platform is there to make the production costs a little lower, and it is designed for the vehicles with shared engine orientation, no matter which brand, model or vehicle size it is. That means chipper parts. Simple as that.
The style is going to resemble the concept version of the Porsche Panamera Sports Turismo and Macan SUV which has taken the stylistic cues from the Cayenne. The most noticeable change for the Cayenne’s fans is going to be the longer roof line, thanks to the new platform.
2018 Porsche Cayenne Interior
Expect the similar 2018 Porsche Cayenne interior as on the current model, with the addition of more advanced infotainment screen and the “lack” of buttons. Since those knobs and buttons are getting out of the fashion. The entire dashboard is going to be made to look elegant and minimalist in design. The gauge cluster has little chance to take the virtual cockpit design from the Audi TT, but anything is possible in this time of EVs and Hybrids. More modern design for futuristic engines.
The another improvement is connected with the newest race to build the perfect semi-autonomous vehicle and to make the interior look like a PC (or Mac, Android, iOS or whatever you are fond of). The rest of the cabin, with the exclusion of the central touch, has to be a top notch. After all, the Cayenne has always been the Porsche’s most luxurious model.
Seats are going to be sporty in nature (this is a Porsche), but very comfortable. Drivers and passengers of every size and shape will feel comfortable. Upper trims are going to have a bit more luxury with leather upholstery and heated and ventilated seats.
The cargo area will get bigger because of the new platform, and you will naturally get even more space by folding the back seats. The only thing that is going to be tricky, is finding room for that additional hidden spare tire compartment in the back. The problem is only going to bother designers of hybrid versions, ‘cause you need some room for the battery and that is the place to put it.
2018 Porsche Cayenne Engine
Since we will have fifteen models the 2018 Porsche Cayenne engine lineup is going to be a really long one. Powertrains are going to be similar to the current offer. Everything from the naturally-aspirated V6 for the base version turbocharged V6 for 2018 Porsche Cayenne S, a plug-in hybrid for the Cayenne SE hybrid and a mighty twin turbocharged V8 for the 2018 Porsche Cayenne Turbo.
The diesel version is most possibly going to remain in the lineup but in limited numbers. The main problem there is to avoid the piling of models which don’t have a decent chance to be bought. The fans of diesel are going to be more careful since they already got burned in VW diesel scandal.
2018 Porsche Cayenne Summary
Spy photos of the 2018 Porsche Cayenne say it all. We will have a new version which practically looks the same as the current model and the prices have not yet been confirmed. The official Porsche Web Page doesn’t have any data on that matter, but we can draw some ideas out of the previous models. Those prices and dates are all based on the fact that we have already gotten the testing version without the camouflage patterns, which again means that the release date is coming really fast. The another thing is the new platform and the use of new materials to bring this vehicle to the neighborhood of “fuel-efficient vehicles”. All those details made us think that the price is going to go north from the current one. It will be a better vehicle than its older brother, but it will be nothing revolutionary.